I was wondering whether different “minority” groups experience various levels of success in their adopted culture and, if so, what reasons would account for this disparity.
Is anyone aware of studies of the varying “success” of various “minorities” in terms of such things as education, income, public assistance participation, home ownership, incarceration, maybe even health and life expectancy? If differences exist, what are considered to be contributing factors?
For example, my non-expert opinion is that Asian immigrants seem to be very successful in terms of schooling. In the Chicago area, latin americans seem to represent a growing sector of the middle class, expanding into formerly white bastions like Cicero and the NW side. How do the prospects differ for an individual if he arrives penniless as a SE Asian immigrant, a Latin illegally passing the border, or a black born into a poor inner city family?
To what extent does such “success” result from assimilation, at the expense of a people’s native culture? And is that a good or a bad thing? Can lessons be learned from certain groups’ success and translated to other groups?
I would appreciate both American and non-American views on this.