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Old Posted Oct 7, 2019, 1:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Docere View Post
There is great variation among Asian immigrants. Generally Chinese and Indians are professional class, Filipinos and Southeast Asians are more working class. In other words the class composition of the aggregate Asian category depends on the makeup of the wider Asian American population.
Seems like country of origin explains a lot of socio-economic difference for the Asian American aggregate category.

But not as much in Canada, right? In Canada, Chinese or South Asian alike could be working class or professional class in Toronto or Vancouver.

For Asian Canadians, they make up such a large share of the big metros that there isn't only one socioeconomic stereotype associated with even one place of origin -- you can have the nouveau-riche McMansion owned by a mainland Chinese immigrant or a poor "towers-in-the-park" rented by a Chinese immigrant. You can have the professional South Asian doctor or engineer or the South Asian grocery store clerk or mall security guard.

I feel like relative to the US, Torontonians and Vancouverites have a much reduced "model minority" stereotype (it's still there, no doubt but weaker), since they're much more likely to encounter some Asian guy driving the bus, or cleaning the windows or something to stereotype them as "all" professional. It's something I've noticed comparing the two countries' Asian population. Maybe NY'ers are like Torontonians and Vancouverites in being used to both rich and poor Asians alike.
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