Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Starting From the Bottom: Why Mexicans are the Most Successful Immigrants in America

When you measure how far second generation Mexicans and Chinese have come from where their parents were, the Mexicans are more successful.    - - Donna Poisl

By Mitch Moxley

Who’s more successful: The child of Chinese immigrants who is now a prominent attorney, or a second-generation Mexican who completed high school and now holds a stable, blue collar job?

The answer depends on how you define success.

In fact, according to a study by University of California, Irvine, Sociology Professor Jennifer Lee and UCLA Sociology Professor Min Zhou, contrary to stereotypes, Mexican-Americans are the most successful second-generation group in the country. The reason is simple: The study considered not just where people finished, but from where they started.
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