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Immigration from Latin America is now net-zero, while Asian immigration continues to rise.

That's great news for the brass at Facebook! They're connoisseurs of Asian culture.

"Asian Americans" includes not only Far East and Southeast but also India and Middle East.

I wonder if Russia is included as well?

Asian Americans now make up nearly 6%, or 18.2 million, of the U.S. population, the latest figures from the U.S. Census Bureau show. Nearly three-quarters were born abroad, and about 8 million came to this country in the last 30 years.

Geographically, nearly half of all U.S. Asians live in the Western states. California, the traditional gateway for Asian immigrants, has by far the largest number, almost 6 million. Of the major Asian subgroups, in fact, only those from India are relatively evenly distributed throughout the country, with the largest share, 31%, living in the Northeast.

8 million immigrants in the last 30 years. Whoa.

The article discusses Asians as though they were from a single racial or ethnic group, but I'm not sure that those groups are similar enough to each other to describe the aggregation crisply and non-generically.

They come from so many different countries and backgrounds that it makes this "trend" somewhat less interesting. I think the main thing they all have in common is that they come from the same continent (and a continent firmly attached to Europe, at that).

  • "Middle Eastern / Arab / Muslim" might be a single ethnicity -- perhaps to the extent that "Spanish-speaking Catholics from a country in the Americas" is a single ethnicity.
  • India has 20+ languages having more than 1 million native speakers, coming from close to 30 different states and subscribing to several different major religions.
  • Southeast Asia has got to be at least 10 different countries with people speaking a number of different languages from 5 language families.

But it is fascinating that net immigration from Latin America has reached zero (I didn't see that one coming), and that the primary source of new labor is coming from various Asian populations.

Good points.

What's fascinating is that so many immigrants would settle in California.

I'd imagine California is tougher for an immigrant because the cost of living is so high here.

I guess they might sometimes settle down in the heartland states (known as "flyover country" to in coastal areas) but that also poses some challenges :)

I was thinking that Oregon would be a good place to settle because they have no sales tax.

This means Harold and Kumar were visionary pioneers because they called this trend before anyone.


Hua Hsu writes via Grantland:

There are two versions of the vaunted "post-racial" dream. The first, which will remain unachievable, imagines a future when we as a society have figured out a fair, just, and universally respectful way to deal with difference, if the very idea still holds at all.

In the second version, we are all at the same party, cresting on the same contact high, icing each other ad infinitum. In this way, Harold and Kumar were visionary figures, possessing a new chalice of American identity, one that deemphasized the importance of race.

Harold and Kumar: uniting the races.

Ah yes, Harold and Kumar. They had some funny depictions of race.

"Police have released sketches of the two fugitives, which they believe to be extremely accurate."


Also, Kumar as a terrorist in Escape from Guantanamo Bay:

And of course the Korean gang in A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, but I couldn't find a vid.

I defer to the Grantland article:

This was why Harold & Kumar succeeded. It trafficked in difference, but not an exotic, alien kind of difference. It was a difference that was quickly forgotten at the sound of a noisy fart, or in those moments of pure, foggy-brained absurdity. This was still a world where Harold and Kumar were outsiders. But the film's most aggressive stereotypes were reserved for their enemies: mouth-breathing jocks guzzling energy drinks, oafishly racist cops, politically correct academics, and backwoods weirdos.

I did notice that they released several different commercials to reach a multicultural audience.

For example, their commercial to appeal to Latinos:

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