Friday, June 22, 2012

What the Asian immigration increase means to you

Posted By on Fri, Jun 22, 2012 at 11:40 AM

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Just kidding. Actually, I have no idea what the recent news means to you. What I do know is that on Tuesday, the Pew Research Center blew a few minds when it announced that Asians have overtaken Latinos in annual immigration to the United States.

"A century ago, most Asian Americans were low-skilled, low-wage laborers crowded into ethnic enclaves and targets of official discrimination," reads Pew's report. "Today they are the most likely of any major racial or ethnic group in America to live in mixed neighborhoods and to marry across racial lines. When newly minted medical school graduate Priscilla Chan married Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg last month, she joined the 37% of all recent Asian-American brides who wed a non-Asian groom."

Nationwide, the Research Center says that, as of 2011, non-Hispanic whites still lead the charge with 63.3 percent of the country's population; Hispanics are next at 16.7 percent; non-Hispanic African-Americans represent 12.3 percent; and Asian-Americans are 5.8 percent. (Though, of course, that latter number will likely continue to increase.)

On a fairly local level, Pew's information breaks down like this, with El Paso County squarely in the middle, as far as a percentage, but near the top in total population. The largest numbers come from our local Filipino and Korean populations. To the south, Pueblo County sits at, or near, the bottom of it all:

• Arapahoe County: 37,326 (6.53 percent)
• Douglas County: 14,505 (5.8 percent)
• Boulder County: 15,972 (5.42 percent)
• Adams County: 20,359 (4.61 percent)
• El Paso County: 28,238 (4.54 percent)
• Denver County: 27,071 (4.51 percent)
• Jefferson County: 19,006 (3.56 percent)
• Teller County: 325 (1.4 percent)
• Pueblo County: 2,077 (1.31 percent)

"Today, recent arrivals from Asia are nearly twice as likely as those who came three decades ago to have a college degree, and many go into high-paying fields such as science, engineering, medicine and finance," the report says. Or as Stephen Colbert just put it: “Mexicans do the jobs we don’t wanna do, and Asians do the jobs we’re not able to do.”

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