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Asian Americans find success in fashion design

on Monday,September 28,2009 21:09

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Fashion''s latest trend seems to be a cultural one, as Asian American fashion designers are emerging as an increasingly prolific and influential force in what has traditionally been viewed as a predominately European industry, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Part of the population explosion seen after the Immigration Act of 1965, many of these designers including Peter Som, Jason Wu and Doo-Ri Chung found that their parents - who had already toiled endlessly in the more traditional career paths laid out by their ancestors – more accepting of a unconventional career path than previous generations.

"I lucked out. A lot of my cousins, God bless them, they are doctors, in science or in business," relates Som, a Chinese American designer.

For others, the familial pressure to enter a more secure line of work served as more of an inspiration to rebel. Thai born fashion designer Thakoon Panichgul earned a degree in business from Boston University to appease his mother, while Philip Lim, also of Thai descent, found his decision to major in fashion rather than business me with "the whole guilt trip," relates the WSJ.

The Parson''s School of Design boasted an 18 percent Asian freshman class last year, despite Asian Americans only representing 4.3 percent of the population of the U.S. as a whole.

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