From Pew Research Center, "Demographics of Asians," April 4, 2013 at

*Graphics above from Pew Research Center, "The Rise of Asian Americans," April 4, 2013 at

Asians Americans are the fastest growing immigrant group in the U.S. Yet, there is a dearth of research on Asian Americans. In particular, little is known about Asian American families and parenting styles beyond the infamous "Tiger Mother" and Model Minority myths. The ML-SAAF seeks to answer important questions raised by these myths, such as:


  • Why do Asian American youth perform better in some areas but not others?

  • Do positive external behaviors come at the price of mental health?

  • Why are positive external behaviors not sustained over time?

  • Why does emotional vulnerability increase during the transition to adulthood?

  • Why do different Asian subgroups, despite sharing a common overarching Asian culture, have disparate youth outcomes?



Filipino- and Korean American families are among two of the largest Asian American subgroups. However, they remain underrepresented in sociological studies. Further, Filipino- and Korean American families have interesting similarities and differences that may inform youth outcomes. For example, both groups tend to be middle class, and parents from both groups tend to be highly educated. Parents from both groups also tend to strongly value tradition, familial loyalty, and respect for elders. On the other hand, the two groups show different rates of cultural assimilation. Filipino American parents are mostly English speaking while Korean parents are mostly Korean speaking. The ML-SAAF investigates these similarities and differences and see how they relate to parenting and youth development.