“I also believe that there is an unspoken culture amongst immigrants who have made it here but do not feel they need to ‘give back’ to anyone because no one helped them. The notion that “if I can do it, then he can do it,’ may just be prevalent enough for certain people to hold back from joining the concept of ‘giving back.’ Who are they giving back to exactly?”
FS: Are Asian Americans less likely to contribute to a non-Asian charity?
MT: “It really depends. Most of the Asians that I am aware of who have ‘made it’ in this country and are financially well off tend to donate to arts and cultural charities. They are also very interested in education and schools or hospitals and health-related issues. I think it’s definitely easier for these types of institutions to fundraise for this demographic. These topics and subjects are very fundamental to the Asian culture and mentality. Family and education are top, top priorities to most, so naturally this translates in their charitable giving.