ScienceDaily (Nov. 12, 2008) — Chinese Americans, one of the most highly educated groups in the nation, are confronted by a “glass ceiling,” unable to realize full occupational stature and success to match their efforts, concludes a new study from the University of Maryland.
The returns on Chinese Americans’ investment in education and “sweat equity” are “generally lower than those in the general and non-Hispanic White population,” says the report, A Chinese American Portrait. It adds that, on average, Chinese American professionals in the legal and medical fields earn as much as 44 percent less than their White counterparts.
If Chinese Americans earn 44% less than their White counterparts, then they earn 100% – 44% = 56% of their White counterparts’ earnings. The earning ratio of Chinese Americans to that of their White American counterparts is 56:100. If we flip the ratio, White Americans’ earnings are 100/56 of that of Chinese Americans, or about 179%. This means that White Americans earn as much as 79% more than their Chinese American counterparts in the legal and medical fields, on average.