This is a re-release of an episode from The Annex, a sociology podcast created by Joseph Cohen (CUNY Queens College), Leslie Hinkson (Georgetown), and Gabriel Rossman (UCLA).

You can follow the Annex on Twitter and find previous episodes at

The episode is an interview with Arthur Sakamoto from Texas A&M about explanations of Asian-Americans’ high educational achievement, and attributing this achievement to Asian culture, with special guest host Chris C. Martin.

It was recorded on April 16, 2019.


Arthur Sakamoto is a sociologist at Texas A&M. He wrote “Socioeconomic Attainment of Asian Americans” in the Annual Review of Sociology.

Chris C. Martin is a sociologist at Georgia Tech who specializes in culture, mental health, and wellbeing. He hosts the Heterodox Academy‘s podcast Half Hour of Heterodoxy. Twitter: @ChrisMartin76.

Joseph Nathan Cohen co-hosts The Annex and directs the Sociocast Project. He is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the City University of New York, Queens College. He wrote Financial Crisis in American Households: The Basic Expenses That Bankrupt the Middle Class (2017, Praeger) and co-authored Global Capitalism: A Sociological Perspective (2010, Polity). Twitter: @jncohen