The Politics of Asian Americans: Diversity and Community by Pei-te Lien

By Pei-te Lien

During the views of mass politics, this e-book demanding situations well known misconceptions approximately Asian american citizens as politically apathetic, disloyal, fragmented, unsophisticated and inscrutable via showcasing result of the 2000-01 Multi urban Asian American Political Survey.

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While outsiders often view Asian Americans as a homogenous group, there is a tremendous level of heterogeneity within the Asian American community writ large as well as within each constituent Asian ethnic group. , as Chinese), respondents are most apt to indicate an ethnicspecific identity as their preferred identity. Among all respondents, 34 percent chose to identify as ethnic American and 30 percent by ethnic origin alone. The prevalence of ethnic American identification is fairly consistent across all groups, with Filipino American (40 percent) the most common and Japanese American (26 percent) the least common.

However, proponents of segmented assimilation argue that this relationship may be affected by an individual’s immigration generation, social class status, experience of racial and ethnic discrimination, and racial and ethnic makeup of the neighborhood context. Finally, proponents of transnationalism tell us that we cannot fully understand ethnic identity without taking account of ties to and involvement in home country society and politics. Regardless of which conceptual framework we embrace, there is general agreement that ethnic identity is a fluid, malleable, contextual, and layered phenomenon.

S. , Dinnerstein, Nichols, and Reimers, 1996; Smith, 1997; Feagin and Feagin, 1999). Moreover, even if the prediction of acculturation and amalgamation may ring true for some, success in one adaptation stage does not automatically lead to success in another or the natural abandonment of homeland or ethnic ties. S. mainstream culture have relegated all non-White Anglo Saxon Protestant cultures, including Asianinfluenced cultures, to a second-tier or lower place in American society and disregarded their experiences as racial minorities.

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