Postdoctoral Associate Samuel Fishman's recent research, published in the American Journal of Sociology, observes a distinct education pattern among Asian Americans. The analysis reveals extremely very high levels of offspring education and no association with parents’ education among Chinese, Indian, Korean, and Vietnamese immigrants. The unique mobility pattern is partially driven by high levels of internal and familial achievement pressure. In contrast, the paper finds that parents' education strongly predicts offspring's education for Whites, Blacks, Mexican Americans, and later-generation Asian Americans. These results demonstrate that educational attainment among certain Asian American populations diverges from classic sociological theory.
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