KU sociology professor ChangHwan Kim co-authored a study published this month's American Sociological Review titled "Have Asian American Men Achieved Labor Market Parity with White Men?"
In case your copy has come in the mail yet, here's the Cliff's Notes: Mostly no.
Kim dug through the 2003 National Survey of College Graduates to analyze what Asian-American guys were pulling down compared to similarly qualified white counterparts. The results weren't positive for Asian-American men.
Kim and co-author Arthur Sakamoto found that Asian-American men who were born in the U.S. and speak English fluently earn a significant 8 percent less than white men.
For Asian-Americans who grew up in foreign countries and finished their
education overseas, paychecks are a whopping 29 percent lighter. And
white guys born and educated in America earn 14 percent more than Asian-
Americans who were born elsewhere but obtained their highest degree in
There was one oddity in the KU study. Asian-American men who were born
in other countries but came here as children actually have reached wage
parity white American men. In a press release announcing his findings,
Kim said that might come back to the old-timey-sounding "immigrant work
"They see their parents struggle, and they understand that their
achievement in the United States is actually their parents achievement,
it's not their own goal, it's the goal for their whole family," he said in the release.
"They actually have a burden of success."