Chapter 4: Supporting Details
Lab Activity 18: Major and Minor Details
To determine the major and minor details that support a topic and central idea.
Step 2: Read the following passage, and then answer the questions that follow it.
The general success of Asian Americans can be traced to three major factors: family life, educational achievement, and assimilation into mainstream culture.
Of all ethnic groups, including whites, Asian American children are the most likely to grow up with two parents and the least likely to be born to a single mother. Most grow up in close-knit families that stress self-discipline, thrift, and hard work. This early socialization provides a strong impetus for the other two factors.
The second factor is their high rate of college graduation. Forty-two percent of Asian Americans complete college. To realize how stunning this is, compare the statistics: 26% for white Americans, 11% for Latinos, 15% for African Americans, and 11% for Native Americans. The educational achievement of Asian Americans opens doors to economic success.
Assimilation, the third factor, is indicated by several measures. With about two of five marrying someone of another racial-ethnic group, Asian Americans have the highest intermarriage rate of any group. They also are the most likely to live in integrated neighborhoods. Japanese Americans, the financially most successful Asian Americans, are the most assimilated. About 73% say that their best friend is not a Japanese American.
—Adapted from Henslin, Essentials of Sociology, 5th ed., pp. 242, 246–247.
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