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Asian America

Forming New Communities, Expanding Boundaries

Edited by Huping Ling

Publication Year: 2009

The last half century witnessed a dramatic change in the geographic, ethnographic, and socioeconomic structure of Asian American communities. While traditional enclaves were strengthened by waves of recent immigrants, native-born Asian Americans also created new urban and suburban areas. Asian America is the first comprehensive look at post-1960s Asian American communities in the United States and Canada. Contributors from an array of academic fields focus on global views of Asian American communities as well as on territorial and cultural boundaries.

Published by: Rutgers University Press


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pp. vii-viii

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p. ix

I am fortunate to have had a great number of individuals standing behind me at every stage of the making of this volume. It would have not been possible without their understanding, cooperation, and steadfast support. The scholars who contributed...

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Introduction: Reconceptualizing Asian American Communities

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pp. 1-22

The geographic, ethnographic, and socioeconomic landscape of North America has changed dramatically since the 1960s. Asian American communities, reinforced by the newcomers from Asian countries and regions, have undergone profound transformation. While the traditional....

Part One: Global Views of Asian American Communities

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Chapter 1: Intragroup Diversity: Asian American Population Dynamics and Challenges of the Twenty-first Century

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pp. 25-44

Asian America began to take shape in the late 1840s when a large number of Chinese immigrants arrived in the United States as contract laborers. In the span of more than one and a half centuries, it has evolved into a vastly diverse ethnic community consisting of people whose....

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Chapter 2: Ethnic Solidarity, Rebounding Networks, and Transnational Culture: The Post-1965 Chinese American Family

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pp. 45-62

In a paper for my Asian American history class, a student wrote: “Since relatives from both of my parents’ side are spread around the world, I created nicknames for all my relatives overseas based on the country they live—such as....

Part Two: Asian Communities in America With Geographical Boundaries

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Chapter 3: Beyond a Common Ethnicity and Culture: Chicagoland’s Chinese American Communities since 1945

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pp. 65-86

The month of October is a busy time for the Chinese American communities throughout Chicagoland, unbeknownst to most non-Chinese residents in the area. The ordinary unsuspecting American shopper or diner in Chicago’s Chinatown will probably fail to notice the huge banner hung...

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Chapter 4: Transforming an Ethnic Community: Little Saigon, Orange County

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pp. 87-103

In 1975, few Vietnamese lived in the United States; however, by 2005 over 1.2 million Vietnamese Americans commemorated the thirty-year anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, referred to as the American War by the Vietnamese.1 In the intervening years, numerous...

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Chapter 5: Building a Community Center: Filipinas/os in San Francisco’s Excelsior Neighborhood

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pp. 104-126

I stood at the corner of Mission and Geneva around 4:30 on a Tuesday afternoon. I was told by several locals that this was the most dangerous intersection in San Francisco. There sits a bus stop right in front of Popeye’s Chicken. Various types of people stand underneath graffiti-tagged...

Part Three: Asian Communities in America: With Cultural/Social Boundaries

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Chapter 6: Cultural Community: A New Model for Asian American Community

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pp. 129-153

In 1857, Alla Lee, a twenty-four-year-old native of Ningbo, China, seeking a better life, came to St. Louis, where he opened a small shop on North Tenth Street selling tea and coffee. As the first and probably the only Chinese there for a while, Alla Lee mingled mostly...

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Chapter 7: Chinese Week: Building Chinese American Community through Festivity in Metropolitan Phoenix

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pp. 154-178

This chapter documents the building of contemporary Chinese American identity and community in metropolitan Phoenix through Phoenix Chinese Week,1 an annual celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year. Due to its geographical proximity to California, and its...

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Chapter 8: Virtual Community and the Cultural Imaginary of Chinese Americans

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pp. 179-197

With the advancement of information technology and the increase of users across different strata in American culture and society, the Internet has become increasingly important in our understanding and articulation of the changing senses of identity and community. According to the...

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Chapter 9: Ethnic Solidarity in a Divided Community: A Study on Bridging Organizations in Koreatown

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pp. 198-220

Although theorists have come to recognize the continuing significance of ethnic political solidarity for black and Latino groups, there have been few studies that have analyzed how post-1965 Asian immigrant communities are able to sustain ethnic political solidarity amid...

Part Four: Asian Communities in Canada

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Chapter 10: The Social Construction of Chinese in Canada

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pp. 223-243

Two main perspectives have been used to understand the development of Chinese communities overseas. The first stresses the historical origin of emigration, focusing on the influence of ancestral roots and homeland ties on Chinese community formation. According to this view, the...

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Chapter 11: Recent Mainland Chinese Immigrants in Canada: Trends and Obstacles

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pp. 244-261

The 1990s and early twenty-first century witnessed large volumes of immigration from mainland China to Canada. Currently, mainland China is the largest immigration source country for Canada. Between 2000 and 2007, between 30,0000 and 40,0000 immigrants from...

Selected Bibliography

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pp. 263-284

Notes on Contributors

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pp. 285-286


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pp. 287-291

E-ISBN-13: 9780813548678
E-ISBN-10: 0813548675
Print-ISBN-13: 9780813544861
Print-ISBN-10: 0813544866

Page Count: 304
Publication Year: 2009

OCLC Number: 647880050
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  • Ethnic neighborhoods -- United States -- History.
  • Community life -- United States -- History.
  • Asian Americans -- History.
  • Asian Americans -- Cultural assimilation -- United States.
  • Asian Americans -- Societies, etc.
  • Asian Americans -- Social conditions.
  • United States -- Ethnic relations.
  • United States -- Social conditions.
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