This varies, however, for individual ethnic groups. Bamboo ceiling This concept appears to elevate Asian Americans by portraying them as an elite group of successful, highly educated, intelligent, and wealthy individuals, but it can also be considered an overly narrow and overly one-dimensional portrayal of Asian Americans, leaving out other human qualities such as vocal leadership, negative emotions, risk taking, ability to learn from mistakes, and desire for creative expression. Traits outside of the model minority mold can be seen as negative character flaws for Asian Americans despite those very same traits being positive for the general American majority e. For this reason, Asian Americans encounter a "bamboo ceiling", the Asian American equivalent of the glass ceiling in the workplace, with only 1. Since then, a variety of sectors including nonprofits, universities, the government have discussed the impact of the ceiling as it relates to Asians and the challenges they face.
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Estimated population in Asian Pacific Americans are the second fastest growing group in the USA, having increased in number from , in to 7 million in and over 12 million in the Census count. Between and alone, the estimated number of Asian Americans has increased by 3 per cent, up from 13,, to 14,, This increase was due to immigration , people and natural increase , people. Of the Asian American population in , the largest ethnic group was the Chinese, numbering 2. Asian Indians are concentrated in New York.
Indian Americans[ edit ] The model minority label also includes South Asian communities, in particular, Indian Americans , because of their high socioeconomic success. But, Indian-Asians face a type of racism and discrimination, despite their Model Minority status, that other Asians do not face. One of the forms of this is discrimination based on religion; often times, South Asians in America face racism that that is a result of mislabeling like being called Middle-Eastern or Muslim by the way they look, whether they actually identify with those groups, with Muslim Americans being markedly poorer than Hindu Americans.
The main religions are Islam, Hinduism and Sikhism. The Indian community is Hindu, Sikh and Muslim. The Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities are each predominantly Muslim. There are also Jains and Buddhists. Most of the community comes from three areas of the subcontinent: