Asian Americans : contemporary trends and issues / Pyong Gap Min, editor.

Contributor(s): Min, Pyong Gap, 1942-Material type: TextTextSeries: Sage focus editions ; 174Publisher: Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage Publications, c1995Description: vii, 295 p. ; 23 cmISBN: 0803943350 (cloth); 0803943369 (pbk.)Subject(s): Asian AmericansLOC classification: E184.O6 | M56 1995
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

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Essays in this volume focus on eight major Asian American groups: Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Asian Indian, Korean, Vietnamese, Laotian, and Cambodian. Although a historical context is given for each group, the chapters present a social-structural approach, unlike books such as Ronald Takaki's Strangers from a Different Shore (1989). Chapters demonstrate the diversity of the various Asian groups. For example, many Asian groups have dramatically increased their migration to the US since the Immigration Act of 1965, but Japanese immigration has remained steady and relatively low. In addition, the collection disputes the "model minority" thesis that has been emphasized by many scholars and journalists. Asian American groups such as Japanese, Indians, Filipino, and Chinese all have higher median family incomes that do white Americans. However, several contributors point out that there are often more Asian workers per family. They also consider the high costs of living in cities such as San Francisco and Honolulu, underrepresentation of Asian Americans in executive and managerial positions, and the high education of Asian Americans in comparison to their rewards. A solid contribution to the literature on race and ethnic relations. All levels. A. E. Roberts; Texas Tech University

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