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Race and Ethnicity in America$
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John Iceland

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520286900

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520286900.001.0001

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Hispanics and Asians

Hispanics and Asians

(p.61) 4 Hispanics and Asians
Race and Ethnicity in America

John Iceland

University of California Press

This chapter offer brief histories of Hispanics and Asians in the United States and examine patterns of socioeconomic achievement among them. It makes broad generalizations about these panethnic groups, while also describing the variation by country of origin where possible. It then reflects back on the theories discussed in chapter 2. The chapter provides considerable evidence that both Asians and Hispanics have experienced upward mobility across generations, indicative of some measure of incorporation in the United States. Asians have achieved parity, or even an advantage, when compared to whites in terms of education, income, and other outcomes. Among Hispanics there is evidence of educational and income improvements from the first generation to the second, and to some extent beyond, but a gap in achievement between Hispanics and whites persists. Whether this gap will narrow in the future remains to be seen.

Keywords:   Hispanics, Asians, socioeconomic status, integration and incorporation, first generation, second generation, panethnic groups

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