Asian Americans: Contemporary Trends and Issues

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Pyong Gap Min
Pine Forge Press, 2006 - Social Science - 358 pages
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"Compared to many existing texts on this subject, which tend to take a rather historical approach, this book focuses on more contemporary Asian experiences. Thus, Min has provided a new tool for those of use who have looked for adequate material to teach current Asian American trends in advanced undergraduate courses in the sociology of race as well as in ethnic studies. Encompassing a variety of perspectives from prominent scholars makes this book a valuable device to examine the less visible aspects of Asian Americans' lives. Students and educators alike would certainly benefit from diligent study of this text." --TEACHING SOCIOLOGY, reviewed October 2006 by Etsuko Maruoka, SUNY-Stony BrookOffering a broad overview of the Asian American experience, Asian Americans provides an accessible resource for all students interested in the expanding and important Asian American population. While historical information is provided for each group, the main focus is on the variables and issues that impact Asian American life today. The scholars who author the chapters look at topics such as labor force participation and economic status, educational achievements, intermarriage, intergroup relations, and settlement patterns. Photo essays help to enhance the presentations.Key Features:Covers the Asian American population as a whole as well as individual ethnic groups, i.e. Korean Americans, Indian Americans, etc. Covers theories as well as providing sociological data to illustrate issues for Asian Americans as a whole and as individual groups. Visual essays on the following topics provide powerful illustrations of the text content. Filipino Americans Japanese Americans Korean Americans Chinese Americans South Asian Americans Southeast Asian Americans Economic Adaptation Second Generation Experiences Updated to not only include information derived from 2000 Census data, but also has a focus on the second generation experience.
 

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Contents

History and Contemporary Trends
7
Settlement Patterns and Diversity
32
The Socioeconomic Attainments of Asian Americans
54
Second Generation Asian Americans
78
Chinese Americans
108
Japanese Americans
146
Filipino Americans
178
South Asian Americans
206
Korean Americans
228
Southeast Asian Americans
260
Economic Adaptation
290
Index
317
About the Editor
355
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Pyong Gap Min is Professor of Sociology at Queens College and the Graduate School of the City University of New York.

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