Different path to homeownership: The case of Taiwanese immigrants in Los Angeles

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Publication Type Report
School or College College of Social & Behavioral Science
Department Family & Consumer Studies
Creator Yu, Zhou
Title Different path to homeownership: The case of Taiwanese immigrants in Los Angeles
Date 2006
Description Taiwanese immigrants in Los Angeles stand in contrast to the welldocumented homeownership deficit among immigrants. Despite the tremendous growth in Taiwanese immigrants during the 1980s, Taiwanese homeownership rate not only was among the highest of all ethnic groups in 1990, but also recorded a phenomenal increase of 16 percentage points between 1980 and 1990. This article examines this trend and assesses the contributing factors. It reveals that (1) education and wealth were contributors to Taiwanese high homeownership; (2) Chinese immigrants in general and Taiwanese immigrants in particular had endowment-adjusted homeownership rates well above that of non-Hispanic whites, while the ways in which ethnic Chinese immigrants achieve high homeownership were reflective of their distinctive paths of immigration; (3) surprisingly, higher English proficiency, an indicator of acculturation, was negatively associated with Taiwanese homeownership; (4) the large rise in Taiwanese homeownership in the 1980s was largely contributed by young, highly educated, newly arrived Taiwanese with a low level of income and a high level of wealth. Findings refute the hypothesis that immigrants are always plagued by homeownership deficits. Welloff immigrants, such as the Taiwanese, may have followed a path of assimilation not yet documented in the literature; acculturation and social adaptation may no longer be preconditions for their economic integration. The arrival of well-off immigrants has a significant potential to bolster regional demand for owner-occupied housing.
Type Text
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Subject Taiwanese immigrants; Homeownership; Los Angeles; adaptation
Subject LCSH Home ownership; Housing; Taiwanese Americans
Language eng
Bibliographic Citation Forthcoming in Housing Studies as "Housing Tenure Choice of Taiwanese Immigrants: A Different Path to Residential Assimilation": http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/02673037.asp
Rights Management Copyright Taylor & Francis. http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/02673037.asp
Format Medium application/pdf
Format Extent 233,570 bytes
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Date Created 2012-06-13
Date Modified 2012-06-13
ID 705618
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6p27gmx
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