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Asian Americans may face 'Jewish-like envy and resentment' following rise in economic status

June 26, 2012 - Washington

With a growing number Asian Americans becoming the highest-paid, best-educated and fastest-growing racial group in the United States, it is now being feared that envy and resentment may follow amongst the native Americans in time.

According to a study by the Pew Research Center, Asian Americans are not only the highest-income, best-educated and fastest-growing racial group in the United States, but have also overtaken Latinos as the largest group of new immigrants to the U.S.

However, the author claims that the racial group, who are viewed to a 'Jewish' comparison has a dark side as Americans tend to view race and ethnic relations as a linear progression, it might lead to the dawn of a new era of anti-Asian bias.

According to the author writing for the Los Angeles Times, the author states that usually we all believe that economic status rises as prejudice decreases, and vice versa, while bias is always targeted downward, at the weakest and the most vulnerable in society.

However, he cautioned that as neither assumption is true, the sooner Americans recognize the fact, the better position they would be in to manage race relations in the rapidly changing country.

He said that Americans should start by getting rid of the canard that modern anti-Semitism is primarily a form of religious bigotry, citing Christopher Hitchens, who was one of the few contemporary figures who openly argued that 'distrust or disdain of Jews can sometimes be motivated by envy and resentment of an identifiably separate group that's significantly wealthier than the population at large'.

The author warned that all of this only suggests that invidious comparisons between groups are alive, that they're stoked by economics and even as they are not particularly venomous in the U.S. right now, but still the potential to become dangerous under the wrong circumstances.

He noted that as over six in 10 adult immigrants from Asia arrive in the United States with at least a bachelor's degree, so it shouldn't be long before activists make demands to end of highly skilled immigration from Asia, like they did before to end to the low-skilled immigration from the country.


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