A Framework for Immigration

A Framework for Immigration

Asians in the United States

Book - 2002
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Columbia Univ Pr

Segal analyzes Asian immigration to the U.S., including immigrants' reasons for leaving their countries, their attraction to the U.S., the issues they face in contemporary U.S. society, and the history of public attitudes and policy toward them.


Although stereotypically portrayed as academic and economic achievers, Asian Americans often live in poverty, underserved by human services, undercompensated in the workforce, and subject to discrimination. Although often perceived as a single, homogenous group, there are significant differences between Asian American cultures that affect their experience. Segal, an Asian American immigrant herself, analyzes Asian immigration to the U.S., including immigrants' reasons for leaving their countries, their attraction to the U.S., the issues they face in contemporary U.S. society, and the history of public attitudes and policy toward them. Segal observes that the profile of the Asian American is shaped not only by the immigrants and their descendents but by the nation's response to their presence.

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This ambitious volume draws on secondary sources in the fields of history, sociology, and psychology where these concern issues of race, refugees, and migration. The reasons for immigration, especially after 1965, are described with attention to the political events pushing people to emigrate from the Philippines, Japan, China, India, and Korea. Separate attention is given to the immigration of women from each country. US immigration policy and American attitudes towards Asian immigrants are a major part of the analysis. No affiliation or specialisation are listed for Segal, though she writes of graduate studies in the US. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, c2002
Description: ix, 468 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9780231120821
0231120826
9780231120838
0231120834
Branch Call Number: 305.895 Seg

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