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Data Tell A Different Story About Asians

The rate of degree attainment among all Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) appears high. But when you examine the nearly 50 different ethnic groups that comprise AAPIs, a different picture emerges.

Data now show that more than half of Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander adults have not received any postsecondary education. Asian Indians have the highest rate of degree attainment with about 75 percent earning a bachelor’s degree or higher. For Vietnamese, however, degree attainment is low, with fewer than half enrolling in college, according to research by the National Commission on Asian American & Pacific Islander Research in Education (CARE) and APIASF.

About 40 percent of the Cambodian, Hmong and Laotian population in the U.S. have not finished high school.