Irvine’s Asian population hovered between 35 percent and 40 percent for much of the past decade, before surging last year, according to census estimates. The Asian influx is part of a larger nationwide pattern, said Jennifer Lee, a sociology professor at UC Irvine. … Because there are far fewer universities in Asia, the immigrants’ children had “a much greater chance to get into a top university in the U.S. than in their own country,” Lee said.

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