Are Asian American's Happy? A NYC study by Philip So
The purpose of this paper is to understand the contributing factors of happiness among Asian
Americans. This paper examines whether there are correlations with age/gender, income, and
According to the Pew Research Center, Asian Americans are the highest-income, best-educated
and fastest-growing racial group in the United States. They are more satisfied than the general
public with their lives, finances and the direction of the country, and they place more value than
other Americans do on marriage, parenthood, hard work and career success. These milestones of
economic success and social assimilation have come to a group that is still majority immigrant.
Nearly three-quarters (74%) of Asian-American adults were born abroad; of these, about half say
they speak English very well and half say they don’t.
But does this study reflect the views of the new generation of native born Asians (“Asian
Americans”)? Are native born Asian Americans enjoying the milestones of “economic success
and social assimilation”? And does that success equate to happiness? And if they are happy, what
contributes to their happiness?
This paper seeks to introduce this question with a glance into the quality of lives for Asian
Americans. Specifically, this paper narrowed its focus of Asian Americans with the following
criteria: 1) college educated; 2) employed; 3) ages 21-40.
To contact the researcher for this initiative email: Philip So