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There is no good answer to this question as posed, because many Asian-American ethnicities are poorer than the U.S. general public. In fact, Asian Americans' high incomes are largely due to Indian Americans, which is not necessarily the group most Americans think of when they hear the term "Asian American." Let's look at a 2012 Pew study of "The Rise of ...


There were different waves of Asian-American immigration. The "first wave," that came in the late 19th century, were not particularly rich, even compared to their home countries. Not surprisingly, this group of Asians was poorer than average Americans. There was a second wave of Asian-Americans in the mid to late 20th century that fled from "Communism" (or ...

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