Over half of all workers in Silicon Valley's high-tech workforce are Asian-Americans, according to a new study released Friday.
The study by the San Jose Mercury News found the Asian share of the high tech workforce grew to 50.1 percent in 2010 from 38.7 percent in 2000. During the same period, the participation of white Americans in Silicon Valley's tech ranks dropped from 50.9 percent to 40.7 percent.
Latinos and African-Americans remained woefully under-represented in the high-paying technology sector. Despite California's large Mexican-American population, only 4.2 percent of Silicon Valley's high-tech workers were Latino in 2010, down from 4.6 percent a decade earlier, while black participation fell to 2.3 percent from 2.8 percent in 2000.
The figures represent the growing number of Asian-Americans "who were raised with a very strong STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) background" and are going into high tech, said Jan English-Lueck, professor of anthropology at San Jose State University, who conducts research on Silicon Valley culture. "It's the new world - a world in which whites are not the majority."
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