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Beyond the Shadow of White Privilege?: The Socioeconomic Attainments of Second Generation South Asian Americans
Sociology Mind
  • Hyeyoung Woo, Portland State University
  • Arthur Sakamoto, University of Texas at Austin
  • Isao Takei, Nihon University
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-2012
Subjects
  • South Asian Americans -- Race identity -- United States,
  • United States -- Race relations,
  • South Asian Americans -- United States -- Social conditions,
  • South Asian Americans -- Ethnic identity
Disciplines
Abstract
Despite numerous studies of second generation minorities in recent years, South Asian Americans have been largely ignored. Using the most recent data available from the US Census Bureau, we investigate the socioeconomic attainments of second generation South Asian Americans. We find that their average levels of education, wages, and occupational attainment exceed those of non-Hispanic whites. Contrary to the “model minority myth” view, second generation South Asian Americans remain slightly advantaged relative to non-Hispanic whites in terms of labor market success net of age, education, and region of residence. These results are also inconsistent with discussions of white privilege that emphasize the socioeconomic disadvantages of minorities with darker skin tones. Our results suggest that theories of race relations should also incorporate South Asian Americans.
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Originally published in Sociology Mind, Copyright © 2012 Scientific Research Publishing Inc. May be found at http://www.scirp.org/journal/Home.aspx?JournalID=474.

DOI
10.4236/sm.2012.21003
Persistent Identifier
http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/15272
Citation Information
Woo, Hyeyoung, Arthur Sakamoto, and Isao Takei. "Beyond the Shadow of White Privilege?: The Socioeconomic Attainments of Second Generation South Asian Americans." Sociology Mind 2.01 (2012): 23.