Asians lead U.S. in college degrees: Census

WASHINGTON Thu May 24, 2012 12:01am EDT

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Asians are the most highly educated group of Americans, with more than half with a bachelor's degrees or higher, the Census Bureau reported on Thursday.

Among groups of Asian Americans 25 and older, 74 percent of Taiwanese and 71 percent of Indians had at least a bachelor's degree, the agency said as part of its release of American Community Survey data on hundreds of racial, tribal and Hispanic groups.

The comparable figure for the U.S. population overall is 28 percent.

Several Southeast Asian groups fell behind the overall U.S. rate for a bachelor's degree or higher. They included Vietnamese at 26 percent, Cambodian and Hmong at about 14 percent and Laotian at 12 percent.

Among all groups surveyed, Salvadorans had the lowest percentage with a bachelor's degree or higher, at 8 percent.

(Reporting by Ian Simpson; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

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This is just some awful journalism. What was the point of posting this article? Oh, Asians lead US in college degrees, see they are fine…we don’t have to worry about them.

No. First of all, when you say Asians, you are referring to the people who live on the continent of Asia. As far I am concerned, I am Asian American because I have never lived the on the continent. Born and Raised in America…weird, right?

Second of all, as your lovely article pointed out, not ALL ASIAN AMERICANS ARE DOING THAT WELL. So, let’s not put such a misleading headline (that’s a shoutout to you copywrite) because if someone doesn’t actually read the whole article and only reads the headline, they will get the wrong idea and the motivation to help the groups that “lag behind” will cease to exist because according to your article “Everything is fine.”

Finally, since everything is NOT fine, why not do an article on the fact that not ALL ASIAN AMERICANS are not achieving higher degrees? HOW ABOUT THAT? Wouldn’t that make for some better journalism…maybe even a better headline because it contradicts this whole model minority idea?

Let’s stop perpetuating the model minority myth because it simply does not help anyone.

May 24, 2012 8:10pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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