Quotable: Asian Americans And Unemployment

Monday, September 06, 2010

I was reading this article down at the LA Times where they were talking about how while the unemployment rate for the Asian American community is less than that of other communities - when unemployment does hit - it lasts longer. And while an interesting story, here's quote that stuck out at me:

Some Asian Americans have computer engineering or software jobs that are vulnerable to outsourcing, said C.N. Le, director of the Asian American studies program at University of Massachusetts-Amherst. And a wave of anti-immigrant sentiment rippling through the country might also hurt Asian Americans' chances of finding work.

"In times of recession, Americans are most likely to feel economically threatened by immigrants, and their prejudices, suspicions and tensions rise to the surface," he said. "That can happen on a personal level or an institutional level."
Just something to think about.