Forever Foreigners Or Honorary Whites?: The Asian Ethnic Experience Today

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Rutgers University Press, 1998 - Social Science - 202 pages
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What does it mean to be an Asian-American in the United States today? Are Asian-Americans considered "honorary whites" or forever thought of as "foreigners?"

Mia Tuan examines the salience and meaning of ethnicity for later generation Chinese- and Japanese-Americans, and asks how their concepts of ethnicity differ from that of white ethnic Americans. She interviewed 95 middle-class Chinese and Japanese Californians and analyzes the importance of ethnic identities and the concept of becoming a "real" American for both Asian and white ethnics. She asks her subjects about their early memories and experiences with Chinese/Japanese culture; current lifestyle and emerging cultural practices; experiences with racism and discrimination; and attitudes toward current Asian immigration.

 

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Contents

Tables
2
Figures
42
Cars Girls and Baseballbut with
48
Neighborhood Influences
76
Emerging Identities and Practices
127
The Racialized
152
Appendix A Interview Questionnaire
169
Appendix B List of Respondents
177
Bibliography
185
Index
195
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Mia Tuan is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Oregon.

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