Race and Politics: Asian Americans, Latinos, and Whites in a Los Angeles Suburb

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University of Illinois Press, 1998 - History - 250 pages
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California's San Gabriel Valley has been called an incubator for ethnic politics. Located a mere fifteen minutes from Los Angeles, the valley is a brave new world of multiethnic complexity.Here Latinos and Asian Americans are the dominant groups, rather than the minorities they are elsewhere in the United States. Politics are Latino-dominated, while a large infusion of Chinese immigrants and capital has made the San Gabriel Valley the center of the nation's largest Chinese ethnic economy. The white population has dropped from an overwhelming majority in 1970 to a minority in 1990.Leland T. Saito presents an insider's view of the political, economic, and cultural implications of this ethnic mix. He examines how diverse residents of the region have worked to overcome their initial antagonisms and develop new, more effective political alliances.By tracing grass-roots political organization along racial and ethnic lines, Race and Politics focuses on the construction of new identities, especially the panethnic affiliation Asian American.
 

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Contents

Monterey Park and the San Gabriel Valley Regional National and International Trends
17
Reasserting Whiteness Racial Privilege and the Transformation of History and Architecture
39
Asian American Politics Identity and Political Mobilization
55
Asian American Political Issues
88
On Common Ground From Agricultural Struggles to Urban Politics among Latinos and Asian Americans
125
The Case of Redistrictin The Growing Organizational Scale of Politics and Interracial Alliances
158
Progress?
181
An Overview of the Analytical Framework
197
Notes
207
References
223
Index
241
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