What makes certain successful low-income immigrant communities different from pockets of entrenched poverty? There are many reasons why some people get out of poverty and others don’t, and why some people require public assistance more than others. But these are uncomfortable topics, and they’re rarely discussed or given their proper due.
Avoiding an honest look at differences between immigrant neighborhoods and poor neighborhoods is one of the biggest weaknesses of urban planning and policy today. We are at a moment when our cities are experiencing ever-widening inequality, and real social mobility seems ever more fleeting. Meanwhile, we’re avoiding a discussion about how some immigrants have dramatically moved up, and failing to draw any general lessons from their experiences. We’re also trivializing their success by not addressing it.
The article was about the controversy over the Pan Am Hotel, where a predominantly Asian population is protesting the placement of mostly black and Latino families in a pop-up homeless shelter.
Why do Asians succeed?
Asians value education.
Asians do not drop out of school.
Asians do not get pregnant at 16.
Asians know who their children's fathers are.
Asians generally live in nuclear families and even extended families.
Asians do not worship thug culture.
Asians are willing to work their asses off.
There are several reasons for the difference right there. No sociology degree required. Let's be honest: it's a cultural problem.