Anyone who has lived in New York City (yours truly included) can attest to just how expensive it is to live in these cities.

Therefore, Asian Americans may earn more but they also have to spend more to survive.

Many people go even further and argue that since Asian Americans are doing so well, we no longer experience any discrimination and that Asian Americans no longer need public services such as bilingual education, government documents in multiple languages, and welfare.

In the corporate world, Asian Americans are underrepresented as CEOs, board members, and high-level supervisors -- just like Blacks, Latinos, and American Indians.

This is not to say that there aren't Asians Americans out there who are quite successful and have essentially achieved the American dream.

The only reason why many Korean small business owners are able to make a small profit is that they have no paid employees and work 20 hours a day.

Another point is that even despite the real successes we've achieved, Asian Americans are still significantly underrepresented in positions of political leadership at the local, regional, state, and federal levels (despite the successes of a few individuals such as Norman Mineta and Elaine Chao) -- just like Blacks, Latinos, and American Indians.

These numbers tell you that among the five major racial/ethnic groups in the U.

S., Asian Americans have the highest college degree attainment rate, rates of having an advanced degree (professional or Ph.

As another example, in California, almost 40% of all Vietnamese refugees are on public assistance and in Minnesota and Wisconsin, an equal number of Cambodians, Hmong, and Laotians also receive public assistance. But for various reasons (i.e., not being fluent in English), many are not able to get decent jobs that pay well.

Another example is that of many Korean immigrants who come to the U. Therefore, they are forced to to work as janitors, waiters, busboys, or go into business for themselves to survive.

The results show that as a whole Asian American families have higher median incomes than White families.

However, this is because in most cases, the typical Asian American family tends to have more members who are working than the typical White family.

For every Chinese American or South Asian who has a college degree, the same number of Southeast Asians are still struggling to adapt to their lives in the U. For example, as shown in the tables in the Socioeconomic Statistics & Demographics article, Vietnamese Americans only have a college degree attainment rate of 20%, less than half the rate for other Asian American ethnic groups.