17 Facts About Asian American


Today, "Asian American" is the accepted term for most formal purposes, such as government and academic research, although it is often shortened to Asian in common usage.

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The most commonly used definition of Asian American is the U S Census Bureau definition, which includes all people with origins in the Far East, Southeast Asia, and the Indian subcontinent.

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Definition of Asian American has variations that derive from the use of the word American in different contexts.

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The Asian American population is greatly urbanized, with nearly three-quarters of them living in metropolitan areas with population greater than 2.

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The Asian American movement gathered all those groups into a coalition, recognizing that they shared common problems with racial discrimination and common opposition to American imperialism, particularly in Asia.

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Segments of the movement struggled for community control of education, provided social services and defended affordable housing in Asian ghettoes, organized exploited workers, protested against U S imperialism, and built new multiethnic cultural institutions.

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Increasingly Asian American students demanded university-level research and teaching into Asian history and the interaction with the United States.

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The Goldsea compilation of Notable Asian American Professionals show that many have come to occupy high positions at leading U S corporations, including a disproportionately large number as Chief Marketing Officers.

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The first Asian American to be elected to the United States Congress was Dalip Singh Saund in 1957.

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Highest ranked Asian American to serve in the United States Congress was Senator and President pro tempore Daniel Inouye, who died in office in 2012.

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Previously, the highest ranked Asian American was Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, who had been in the order of precedence as U S Secretary of Labor .

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Examples of female Asian American athletes include Michelle Kwan, Chloe Kim, Miki Gorman, Mirai Nagasu and Maia Shibutani.

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Examples of male Asian American athletes include Jeremy Lin, Tiger Woods, Hines Ward, Richard Park and Nathan Adrian.

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Amid decreasing interest in medicine among American college students due to high educational costs and high rates of job dissatisfaction, loss of morale, stress, and lawsuits, Asian American immigrants maintained a supply of healthcare practitioners for millions of Americans.

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From 1990 to 1991, a high-profile, racially motivated boycott of an Asian American-owned shop in Brooklyn was organized by a local black nationalist activist, eventually resulting in the owner being forced to sell his business.

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Until the late 20th century, the term "Asian American" was mostly adopted by activists, while the average person who was of Asian ancestry identified with his or her specific ethnicity.

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In 2015, Asian American earnings were found to exceed all other racial groups when all Asian ethnic groups are grouped as a whole.

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