The Politics of Asian Americans: Diversity and Community by Pei-te Lien PDF

By Pei-te Lien

ISBN-10: 0415934648

ISBN-13: 9780415934640

During the views of mass politics, this booklet demanding situations renowned misconceptions approximately Asian american citizens as politically apathetic, disloyal, fragmented, unsophisticated and inscrutable by means of showcasing result of the 2000-01 Multi urban Asian American Political Survey.

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One key aspect of assimilation theory is that adaptation to the host society is linear (and one-way) across all dimensions of American life (for a good discussion of this assumption, see Rumbaut, 1997). Thus, in terms of political assimilation, as immigrants learn English and move up 20 • THE POLITICS OF ASIAN AMERICANS the socioeconomic ladder, they would also be expected to adopt an “American” identity, abandon their attachments to the country of origin, and move into the mainstream political arena.

This theory, however, has not paid enough attention to possible differences in ethnic boundaries and modes of selfidentification found among our respondents. Acculturation and Social Integration. Ethnic identity can also be conceptualized as consisting of two aspects: internal and external identity (Isajiw, 1990). The former refers to the dimensions of self-perception mentioned by Tajfel. The latter refers to observable social and cultural behaviors such as language use, media preference, friendship patterns, spousal choice, and so on.

Responses to the first selfidentity question are treated as the preferred or primary identity. Responses to the follow-up questions on pan-Asian American identification are treated as the secondary identity. A dummy variable of panethnic self-identity is then created based on these responses. Individuals who self-identify as Asian American either as a first or a secondary preference are assigned a score of 1 and all others are assigned a score of 0. 2 reports the type and extent of Asian American self-identification.

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