IQ’s of Southeast Asians Raised in the West

Drain Bamage writes:

Yes NNAMs. SEA’s are not as smart as Europeans when raised in the first world. You may see the visible top 20% being successful mirroring the successful 20% in their native countries

Although we have data on Filipinos, we have no data whatsoever on Laotians, Thais, Khmer, Viets or Indonesians in the US. There’s nothing there. However, I have met a number of Lao and Khmer in the US while teaching school and tutoring adults and my basic opinion was that they were not stupid. They seemed to be about on the level of the Viets and Thais. And these were very ordinary uneducated Lao and Khmer refugees who had little education and worked only menial jobs.

Also although there is a lot of overlap, in general the Lao, Khmer, Thai and Viets each had a certain “look” about them, and after a while I got so I could tell them apart pretty well. It’s bull that “they all look the same.”

I had one tutoree who was Mien, and he looked completely different from all the others. He also looked very Chinese. This is a group that like the Hmong originates in Southern China, but many have moved into Laos in the last 300 years. I also thought he might have been smarter than the average of the rest.

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Filed under Asians, Filipinos, Flynn Effect, Hmong, Immigration, Indonesians, Intelligence, Khmer, Lao, Psychology, Race/Ethnicity, SE Asians, Thai, Vietnamese

2 responses to “IQ’s of Southeast Asians Raised in the West

  1. Brian Damage

    I can bet most of the SEAs you encounter in the US are ethnic Chinese. The lower 80% of “real” SEAs are usually hidden from the mainstream economy in the developed world.

  2. The SE Asian elites are Chinese, including Hun Sen.

    Most interesting is Mynamar. CIA factbook and wiki put Myanmar demographics as Burman 68%, Shan 9%, Karen 7%, Rakhine 4%, Chinese 3%, Indian 2%, Mon 2%, other 5%

    In reality, Myanmese told me AT LEAST 20% of them are Chinese and in cities like Mandalay, some estimate 40-60%.

    In reality as a Southern Chinese I am entirely comfortable with Northern SE Asia, never feel any differences in culture.

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