Ann Curry Is One of Them: 7 Reasons Why Asian Americans Are on the Rise


The U.S. officially has more Asian than Hispanic immigrants per year, according to a Pew Research Center report released Tuesday.

The study, “The Rise of Asian Americans,” also shows that Asians in the U.S. have overtaken other groups in economic influence and social assimilation. 

Here are 7 takeaways from the demographic study:

In 2010, 49% of Asians ages 25 and over had bachelor’s degrees. Only 31% of whites, 18% of blacks, and 13% of Hispanics have the same level of education. This isn’t surprising, as most Asian cultures strongly believe in the value of education. Or, maybe we’re just smarter.

Asians believe in “family values” more than any other American group. Fifty-four percent of Asians say that a successful marriage is one of the most important things in life, whereas only 34% of the general public agrees. More Asians (67%) say that being a good parent is one of the most important things in life, compared to 50% of most Americans. Reagan who?

Asians believe in the “American Dream” more than any other American group. Almost 70% believe that hard work will reap its rewards, compared to only 58% of the public; and a whopping 93% of Asians would characterize themselves as “very hardworking,” compared to 57% of all Americans. Gatsby who?

Asians are most likely to live in mixed neighborhoods and to marry interracially. Of recent Asian-American brides, 37% married a non-Asian groom. (I see you, Priscilla Chan.)