The numbers of Chinese students, as the largest group of international students in the U.S., has increased dramatically in recent years, according to the Institute of International Education. The institute said that from 2005 to 2009 India sent the most students to the U.S. From 2010 to 2016, China became the largest source of international students in the U.S.
Hispanics are the largest minority group in the United States, yet many Hispanics “do not identify with the current racial categories,” according to the Pew Research Center. That’s because the term — often used interchangeably with “Latino” — covers people from a sprawling geographic area who may have distinct cultural differences.
Fifty years from now, America’s population will have unprecedented diversity. By 2065, the number of immigrants or people with immigrant parents in the U.S. will go from about a quarter of the population to just over one third, according to Pew Research Center.
We spoke with Katie Apolinario, a Virginia-based Filipino-American human resources professional for Hilton, to get an inside look at the professional life of a member of the group closest to bridging the wage gap with white men.
At Michigan State University, 5.8 percent students at the university are of an Asian heritage, according to the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives 2015-16 annual report on diversity. That’s about 2,500 students. To understand what it’s like to be from an Asian racial background at Michigan State University, we interviewed three Asian American students — Sho Nakashima, Annie Chen, and Sarah Vang — and a student from China, Lei Xu. “For me, the most personally upsetting has been the stereotype that Asian immigrant families are privileged and wealthy,” said Nakashima, an MSU graduate who studied social relations and policy and neuroscience. He is a first-generation American.
The Hmong are one of the most recent Asian immigrant groups to come to the United States. Although there are Hmong people living in Thailand, Vietnam and China, nearly all of the Hmong who settled in the U.S. are from Laos. Hmong and other immigrants were assisted by the passage of the Indochina Migration and Refugee Assistance Act of 1975 in their efforts to relocate after the Vietnam War. Data from the 2010 census shows that the U.S. Hmong population rose from 45,443 in 2000 to 66,181 in 2010, an increase of 46 percent. U.S. Census data estimates that there are more than 250,000 Hmong living in the United States with more than 5,000 living in Michigan.
It’s already been five years since the death of Trayvon Martin, whose killing helped ignite the Black Lives Matter movement. Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old black male from Sanford, Florida, was shot by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. Zimmerman claimed self-defense and was acquitted of a second-degree murder charge. What started as a hashtag has drawn national and worldwide attention to African-American rights. According to a 2016 Pew Research Center survey, general awareness of Black Lives Matter is common among black and white U.S. adults, but attitudes about the movement vary greatly.