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I believe that China can also become this successful:

The Jewish Phenomenon: Seven Keys to the Enduring Wealth of a People

By Steven Silbiger

Publication Date: November 15, 2001

Reviewed by Matt Nuenke

This book tries to show  what makes Jewish people so successful: intelligence, ethnocentrism, professionals   & entrepreneurs, verbal skill, selectively extravagant but prudently frugal,   individuality & creativity, and drive.

Excerpts from the book:

Steven Spielberg. Ralph Lauren. Michael Eisner. Michael Dell.   They're all successful, at the top of their fields. They're all fabulously wealthy.   And they're all Jewish. Those three characteristics  successful, wealthy   and Jewish  are linked repeatedly in America today. And it is no accident.   Jewish-Americans are, as a group, the wealthiest ethnic group in America.

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Throughout 1997 and 1998 both The Millionaire Next Door and The Gifts of the Jews shared the New York Times bestseller lists. But despite this obvious interest in wealth, on one hand, and the Jewish people on the other, the two subjects have not been dealt with together. The Gifts of the Jews confines its discussion to the contributions that Judaism has made to American culture, including monotheism, the Ten Commandments and the Sabbath. But what largely defines Jews in the popular imagination is their economic success and the accomplishments that made it possible. Perhaps Jews and their wealth have not become a focus for discussion because whenever Americans discuss ethnicity and money, the conversation tends to become heated. It does not have to be that way. The extraordinary story of Jewish-American success contains lessons for all of us.

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And it is important to note that the wealth created by Jews is much more than just money; it includes advances in the arts, sciences and the humanities that made the money possible.

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About half of American Jews marry gentiles, prompting experts to project that the Jewish-American community will shrink to half its size by 2050. This statistic lends urgency to the investigation of Jewish success today. As Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple, the oldest Conservative Jewish congregation in Los Angeles, explained to the writer for the Los Angeles Times, "The farther away you get from the source of your tradition, the less of a contribution you might be expected to make in a place like America. We could lose something precious."

[ . . . ]

The wildly successful The Millionaire Next Door concentrated on the factors common to American millionaires. That fascinating book actually inspired me to write this one because it began a discussion of wealth in America, but did not finish it. Conspicuously absent was any mention of religion or ethnicity. However, The Millionaire did list "The Top 15 Economically Productive Small Groups." Ranked No. 1 were Israeli-Americans with a productivity index of 6.8. Those Jewish immigrants from Israel were seven times more likely to have the highest concentration of higher incomes and the lowest rate of dependency on public assistance than any other group studied. But that was all the book said. As I continued to thumb through the book, I thought that someone should take a closer look.

That closer look revealed a picture of a very small group with a great deal of economic and social success. Of course, that was no surprise to me. My parents raised me as a Jew with expectations of economic achievement, education and success. In addition, I had no shortage of role models from my family, my community, the media and the world. Economic success was the norm in my Jewish community.

Did I buy into a stereotype perpetuated out of ethnic pride, or was there a truth to it? Being critical by nature, I quickly uncovered some compelling facts that prove Jewish success is indeed a fact in America:

1.) The percentage of Jewish households with income greater than $50,000 is double that of non-Jews.

2.) On the other hand, the percentage of Jewish households with income less than $20,000 is half that of non-Jews.

3.) "The Jewish advantage in economic status persists to the present day; it remains higher than that of white Protestants and Catholics, even among households of similar age, composition and location."

4.) Forty-five percent of the top 40 of the Forbes 400 richest Americans are Jewish.

5.) "One-third of American multimillionaires are tallied as Jewish."

6.) Twenty percent of professors at leading universities are Jewish.

7.) Forty percent of partners in the leading law firms in New York and Washington are Jewish!

8.) Thirty percent of American Nobel prize winners in science and 25 percent of all American Nobel winners are Jewish.

It didn't end there. In his book Ethnic America, Dr. Thomas Sowell, an African-American economist and senior fellow at the Hoover Institute, created a point-scale index that graphed Jewish economic success compared with that of other ethnic groups:


(U.S. Average = 100)

JEWISH -- 172


POLISH -- 115


ANGLO-SAXON & German -- 107

IRISH -- 103

U.S. AVG. -- 100





BLACK -- 62


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The facts are extraordinary considering that Jewish Americans make up just 2 percent of the U.S. population,5.9 million of America's 263 million people. The high media visibility of successful Jews in the sciences, the arts, the media and in business gives the false impression that the Jewish population is far larger than it is. Only in New York and New Jersey do Jews make up more than S percent of the state's population, and five states contain 68 percent of the Jewish-American population. At the bottom, there are only five hundred Jews in Idaho and five hundred in Wyoming, not enough to support a decent delicatessen.


By State (those over 100,000 listed)

State  /  Population  /  % of State Population /  % of U.S. Jews

New York / 1,652,000 / 9.1% / 28%

California / 921,000 / 2.9% / 16%

Florida / 644,000 / 4.5% / 11%

New Jersey / 435,000 / 5.5% / 7%

Pennsylvania  / 325,000 / 2.7% / 6%

Massachusetts / 268,000 /4.4% /5%

Illionois / 268,000 / 2.3% / 5%

Maryland / 212,000/ 4.2% / 4%

Ohio / 129,000 / 1.2% / 2%

Texas / 113,000 / 0.6% / 2%

Michigan / 107,000 / 1.1% / 2%

Total  5,900,000

(American Jewish Year Book, 1997)

In the world of six billion people, there are only thirteen million Jews, only one-fifth of 1 percent. Except for Israel, Jews are a tiny minority in every country. Jews live all over the world, but 93 percent of them live in just five countries. The former Soviet Union once contained more than a million Jews, who now live in many newly independent nations. Tahiti and Iraq have only 120 Jews each.


(Countries over 50,000 listed)

Country / Number/ % of all Jews

United States / 5,900,000 / 45

Israel / 4,600,000 / 35

France / 600,000 / 5

Russia / 550,000 / 4

Ukraine / 400,000 / 3

Canada / 360,000 / 3

England / 300,000 / 2

Argentina / 250,000 / 2

Brazil / 130,000 / 1

South Africa / 106,000 / 0.8

Australia / 100,000 / 0.8

Hungary / 80,000 / 0.6

Belarus / 60,000 / 0.5

Germany / 60,000 / 0.5

Total    13,000,000 (from World Jewish Congress, 1996)

Even when it comes to the Jewish presence in any individual city, Jews are small in percentage of the population. Only a handful of cities outside Israel have a Jewish population of any significant size. New York and Miami have the largest percentage of Jews.



New York, USA; 1,750,000; 13%

Miami, USA; 535,000; 15%

Los Angeles, USA; 490,000; 5%

Paris, France; 350,000; 4%

Philadelphia, USA; 254,000; 6%

Chicago, USA; 248,000; 4%

San Francisco, USA; 210,000; 5%

Boston, USA; 208,000; 8%

London, UK.; 200,000; 2%

Moscow, Russia; 200,000; 2%

Buenos Aires, Arg.; 180,000; 2%

Toronto, Canada; 175,000; 6%

Washington, DC, USA; 165,000; 6%

Kiev, Ukraine; 110,000; 4%

Montreal, Canada; 100,000; 3%

St. Petersburg, Russia; 100,000; 2%

(World Jewish Congress and Information Please Almanac, 1996)

Beyond being a small part of the American melting pot, Jewish-Americans are relatively new arrivals. In many cases, Jews earned their American success in only one or two generations in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. For more than thirty years the Jewish-American population's growth has been flat, and Jews have become an ever-decreasing percentage of the total U.S. population.

American Jewish Population: 1790 to 1990

1790:    .03%

1900:    1.4%

1940:    3.7%

1990:    2.2%

(A History of the Jews in America, A. Karp, 1997)

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1. Understand that real wealth is portable; it's knowledge

2. Take care of your own and they will take care of you

3. Successful people are professionals and entrepreneurs

4. Develop your verbal confidence

5. Be selectively extravagant but prudently frugal

6. Take pride in individuality: encourage creativity

7. Be psychologically driven to prove something


Listing them is not enough. Each has its roots in the history of the Jewish people. None of these secrets is independent of the others. They work together. Of course, education ii very important, but a good education alone does not fully explain such success. As Dr. Sowell discovered, "Even when neither education nor age is a factor, Jews earn more." Among families headed by males with four or more years of college and aged 35 to 45, Jews still earn 75 percent higher incomes than the national average with the same demographics. Other qualitative and cultural differences not captured in the statistics contribute to their success. If it were as simple as just getting an education or developing verbal confidence, just two of the keys, Jewish success would have been emulated years ago.

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According to the New Testament, the Christian world has, at best, an ambivalent attitude toward money and wealth: "Easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God." (Matthew 19:24, Luke 18:25, Mark 10:25) "You cannot serve God and wealth." (Luke 16:13) "If we have food and clothing, we will be content with these. But those who want to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction." (Timothy 6:8-9) "For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil." (Timothy 6:10)

For Jews, on the other hand, wealth is a good thing, a worthy and respectable goal to strive toward. What's more, once you earn it, it is tragic to lose it. Judaism has never considered poverty a virtue. The first Jews were not poor, and that was good. The Jewish founding fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, were blessed with cattle and land in abundance. Asceticism and self-denial are not Jewish ideals. With your financial house in order, it is easier to pursue your spiritual life: "Where there is no flour, there is no Bible." The Mishna (a collection of books that outline the detailed laws for daily Jewish living) "Poverty causes transgression." (Hasidic folk saying) "Poverty in a man's house is worse than fifty plagues." (The Talmud (a collection of books of rabbinical commentary on the Old Testament))

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Overseas Chinese like to think of themselves as the new Jews?

Are they?

Overseas Chinese can be rich, very rich.........................but most of them as real estate developers and casino tycoons.

why the  lack of depth  ?

So have I not proven to you once and for all, overseas Chinese are not Jews.

Never can be, never want to be.

So stop comparing overseas Chinese to Jews.
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This post was edited by Transhumanism at 2012-5-3 00:37
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Overseas Chinese like to think of themselves as the new Jews?

Are they?

The Jewish people have an IQ a whole standard deviation above Chinese people, therefore, Chinese people will only be half as successful as the Jewish people.  

If anything, the article shows Japanese being closer to Jewish people than the Chinese.
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