AHS-O1-2. Climbing the Social Ladder: Asian American Education and Social Mobility Across the United States

Syeda Jamshed1
Faculty Mentor: John P. Tuman, Ph.D.1
1College of Liberal Arts, Department of Political Science

As the fastest-growing ethnic group in southern Nevada, Asian Americans comprise 8.6% of Nevada’s population and 10.28% of Clark County’s population (U.S. Census Bureau, 2010). Despite the rapid growth of the Asian American community in southern Nevada, Asian Americans are constantly facing obstacles that inhibit them from moving up the socioeconomic ladder mainly due to the lack of opportunity, policies, and resources. This research paper examines whether education influences socioeconomic advancement of Asian Americans, and whether the relationship between the two variables is conditioned by other factors, including social capital. A secondary goal is to examine whether the relationship between education and social mobility varies among different sub-groups of Asian Americans, including South Asians. Lastly, the thesis offers simple, tangible solutions to these problems. The research methodology of the thesis drew on analysis of recent, empirical studies by scholars who have examined and documented the determinants and levels of socioeconomic levels and educational attainment of Asian Americans in the United States. The thesis also provides an empirical analysis that are based on data from the Asian American Survey, which is a representative sample that includes data on educational attainment, social capital, and various ethnic and immigrant groups, including different Asian American sub-groups. The main findings of the research thesis indicated that education provides critical skills for social mobility as it provides individuals more leverage in the labor market in order to earn a higher salary.


Nov 15 - 19 2021


All Day


AHS: Podium Session 1
The Office of Undergraduate Research


The Office of Undergraduate Research


2 Replies to “AHS-O1-2. Climbing the Social Ladder: Asian American Education and Social Mobility Across the United States”

  1. As an Asian American, I appreciated your presentation and got a lot of information from it. I was able to learn about how education plays a huge role in social mobility and how that directly ties to earning a higher salary. I believe that this discussion about race having a large effect on minority group’s social ability needs to take place more. I also liked that you mentioned the different subgroups of Asians. It is very prevalent in Asia, but Asian Americans experience the divide between these subgroups as well. South Asians and Southeast Asians specifically, like you mentioned. I definitely agree that access to education for Asians living in America is critical for all backgrounds in order to the escape social and educational barriers placed on minorities for generations. Providing minorities with the means to move up the socioeconomic ladder is a great conversation to have and I am glad you found that in your research to go towards a better direction in the future. Thank you for your presentation and I enjoyed hearing you discuss your research!

  2. Great presentation! You had great delivery, very engaging and informative. It’s very interesting that individuals who are active in faith group reported less income.

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