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Currently there is a debate regarding whether Asian men suffer from workplace discrimination on account of their race. The research findings have been mixed. Cabezas and Kawaguchi (1988) found that in the San Francisco Metropolitan Area, both foreign-born and U.S.-born men who were of Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, and Korean descent earned less than similarly qualified U.S.-born white men, although they did not examine the statistical significance of these findings. Using the same 1980 census data on a national sample of Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Asian Indian, and Korean men, Duleep and Sanders (1992) find differences in earnings by race that are statistically significant only for those of Asian Indian descent. Using Current Population Survey data in the 1990s, Ong (2000) finds that foreign-born Asian men earn 7% less than U.S.-born men but there is no evidence that U.S.-born men suffer from lower earnings due to their race. Sakamoto and Furuichi (2002) also fail to find earnings discrimination agianst U.S.-born Asians using a similar data.


An Occasional Paper for the Institute for Asian American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston.



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