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Asian groups, White House seek better race data

Asian Immigrants
Posted at 8:26 AM, Jun 10, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-10 04:43:44-04

WASHINGTON (AP) — Considered together on paper, Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders appear to be a high-achieving bunch without the educational challenges other racial and ethnic minorities in the U.S. face.

But stark disparities emerge when the sweeping race category is broken down into its many, different groups. Some Asian-Americans are not faring so well.

For example, between 2006 and 2010, nearly three-quarters of Taiwanese-Americans and more than half of Korean-Americans aged 25 and older had earned bachelor's degrees. But only 10 percent of Samoans and 12 percent of Laotian-Americans in that age range attained the same educational level.

Asian-American and Pacific Islander professionals are calling for more detailed data on their ethnicities so education money and programs can be better targeted.