The New American Dream: Asian-Americans

Op-Ed: What Asian immigrants, seeking the American dream, found in Southern California suburbs They are leaving homes here and moving to the suburbs with their dreams of ‘American’ life, according to researchers who have studied a population that has steadily but slowly climbed in population in the past 50 years.

From the archives: The new American dream: Asian-Americans

The Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Filipino immigrants who live in California’s suburbs, where they can easily be invisible, have found acceptance, new jobs and friendships across ethnic and racial lines.

As the largest and fastest-growing Asian-American population in the country, Asians have long been associated with the immigrant experience. But for those who have decided to move to California, particularly to the suburbs, the story is very different.

“In this country I had my own house. I had a garden. I had a car. I had money. And everything was taken away from me,” says Yong Kim. “I moved here because of my dream for the American dream.”

But the dream is not the reality for many Asian immigrants, who have struggled to build a better life in the United States and have also felt the effects of racism.

From the archives: The new American dream: Asian-Americans

The majority of Asian-American households are in the suburbs, and they’re leaving, according to statistics on population growth on the state’s Department of Finance’s website

And as people are leaving, Asian-American households are increasing in number, too. From 2011 to 2015, the number of Asian-American households increased by 33 percent, as households were growing primarily due to births, as well as immigration and removals, according to the Asian Pacific American Research Institute.

While Asians have traditionally been viewed as one of the most successful minority groups in the United States, studies have found that Asians leave the country at high rates.

A 2017 study, published

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