Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Ask a Korean! News: Pew Center Study on Asian Americans

Is here. A helpful summary of findings in graphics is here. Graphics focused on Korean Americans are here.

One tidbit that caught the Korean's eyes:  82% of Asian Americans report that they are satisfied with life, higher than the national average (which was 75%.) But Tiger Parents totally raise unhappy children who commit suicide, right?

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  1. Thibault: Possibly this?

    "The Japanese are the only group that is majority U.S. born (73% of the total population and 68% of adults); all other subgroups are majority foreign born."

    Also, maybe this is just semantics, but I feel like there's a difference between asking someone where they are from and asking them how they identify themselves. The former forces a binary answer (you don’t usually say you are from XYZ country AND America), but the latter allows for a bit more nuance. An ethnic Korean living in America could identify themselves as Korean, Korean-American, Asian-American, or American, all of which have different implications.

    Honestly, I think as long as you're not asking "Where are you from? No, where are you REALLY from?" you'll probably be just fine.

  2. > "Tens of thousands of individuals across several cultures have taken the test. Here are some representative norms: Among older American adults, men score 28 on average and women score 26. The average North American college student scores between 23 and 25; eastern European and Chinese students on average score between 16 and 19. Male prison inmates score about 12 on average, as do hospital inpatients. Psychological outpatients score between 14 and 18 on average, and abused women and elderly caregivers (both surprisingly) score about 21 on average."

    --Martin Seligman, _Authentic Happiness_


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