Have Chinese Americans Achieved Earnings Parity with Whites?
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Despite the population of Chinese in the United States increasing dramatically, there are few sociological studies focusing on the economic dimension of Chinese Americans’ assimilation into the White-dominant society. The lack of study can be explained by three major reasons: the traditional research approach which grouped Chinese Americans into Asian Americans, the contradiction between the influential majority-minority paradigm and the socioeconomic achievements of Chinese Americans, and data limitation. The following study examines whether Chinese Americans, by U.S. nativity and U.S. educational experience, have lower earnings than non-Hispanic native-born Whites and investigate their earning returns to occupational status. Based on the 2008 to 2012 sample data from American Community Survey, the result of this study indicates that U.S.-born Chinese Americans have achieved overall earnings parity with their White counterparts, while U.S.-educated Chinese immigrants must attain more education in order to achieve earnings parity with native workers; only the foreign-educated Chinese immigrants are most likely to be at a significant disadvantage in earnings.
Yin, Dan (2016). Have Chinese Americans Achieved Earnings Parity with Whites?. Master's thesis, Texas A & M University. Available electronically from