Asian American Politics: Law, Participation, and Policy / Edition 496

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Asian Americans are emerging as a political force and yet their politics have not been systematically studied by either social scientists or politicians. Asian American politics transcend simple questions of voting behavior and elective office, going all the way back to early immigration laws and all the way forward to ethnic targeting. For the first time, this book brings together original sources on key topics influencing Asian American politics, knit together by expert scholars who introduce each subject and place it in context with political events and the greater emerging literature. Court cases, legislation, demographics, and key pieces on topics ranging from gender to Japanese American redress to the Los Angeles riots to Wen Ho Lee round out this innovative reader on a politically active group likely to grow in number and electoral impact.

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Editorial Reviews

It [the book] should be in all libraries concerned with diversity and Asian politics in the U.S. Essential. All levels.
Pacific Citizen
This book brings together original sources on key topics influencing AA politics, knit together by scholars who introduce each subject and place it in context with political events and the greater emerging literature.
Journal Of Asian American Studies
What makes this volume valuable for Asian Americanists is that it not only identifies and discusses a range of issues that we must examine in our efforts to understand Asian American politics, but that it also offers and maintains a methodologically inclusive approach. This book will inspire further critical examination of the political activities of Asian Americans, and will generate a variety of research regarding Asian Americans and their quest for political empowerment.
It [the book] should be in all libraries concerned with diversity and Asian politics in the U.S. Essential. All levels.
Andrew L. Aoki
This is a splendid collection. It brings together important historical documents and some of the most current analyses of Asian Pacific American politics. Professors Nakanishi and Lai have also provided succinct overviews that will be extremely helpful to newcomers to the field, making this volume valuable to everyone from specialists to introductory students.
Michael B. Preston
This important book edited by Don T. Nakanishi and James S. Lai offers us one of the best historical and contemporary analyses of Asian Pacific American politics in America today. One of the important things one asks of a book is—'can it stand the test of time?' This book will meet that standard and more.
Mari Matsuda
Asian Americans helped build this country, helped forge its laws, helped realize its bedrock values of equality and democracy. Some see us as foreign, and yet, as this book shows, we were there, marching in the streets, fighting in the courts, speaking out at every turn in the making of American law, culture, and politics.
Helen Zia
In the space of a single volume, this remarkable book offers a comprehensive revelation of the colorful and intricately woven threads in the complex tapestry of Asian American political life, from the 19th-century skirmishes with the Supreme Court to contemporary policy issues. Don T. Nakanishi and James S. Lai have accomplished a feat of significant proportion by joining their sweeping historical scope and a panoply of incisive analyses with the voices of Asian Americans in their own contexts. The result is both provocative and insightful.
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Meet the Author

Don T. Nakanishi is director and professor of the Asian American Studies Center at the University of California, Los Angeles. James S. Lai is assistant professor of political science and ethnic studies at Santa Clara University.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Introduction: Understanding Asian American Politics Part 3 I Historical Forms of Civic Engagement and Protest: Selected United States Supreme Court Cases Chapter 4 Introduction Chapter 5 Historical Struggles for Equal Protection Rights Chapter 6 1.1 Yick Wo v. Hopkins, 118 U.S. 356 (1886) Chapter 7 1.2 Korematsu v. United States, 323 U.S. 214 (1944) Chapter 8 Historical Struggles for Naturalization Rights Chapter 9 Takao Ozawa v. United States, 260 U.S. 178 (1922) Chapter 10 United States v. Bhagat Singh Thind, 261 U.S. 204 (1923) Part 11 II The Impact of Immigration Laws on Asian America Chapter 12 Introduction Chapter 13 2.1 Immigration Act of 1924 Chapter 14 2.2 Making and Remaking Asian America: Immigration Policy Part 15 III The Period of Political Incorporation (1965 to Present) Chapter 16 Introduction Chapter 17 Political Research and Demographic Trends Chapter 18 3.1 Asian American Politics: An Agenda for Research Chapter 19 3.2 Becoming Citizens, Becoming Voters: The Naturalization and Political Participation of Asian Pacific Immigrants Chapter 20 The Asian American Movement and Beyond: 1960 to Present Chapter 21 3.3 The "Four Prisons" and the Movements of Liberation: Asian American Activism from the 1960s to the 1990s Chapter 22 3.4 Serve the People: An Exploration of the Asian American Movement Chapter 23 Transnational Politics and Identities Chapter 24 3.5 New Immigrants, New Forms of Transnational Community: Post -1965 Indian Migrations Chapter 25 Asian Pacific American Voting Behavior Chapter 26 3.6 Ethnicity and Political Adaptation: Comparing Filipinos, Koreans, and the Vietnamese in Southern California Chapter 27 3.7 Gender and Political Involvement among Chinese Americans in Southern California Chapter 28 Asian Pacific American Non-Voting Behavior Chapter 29 3.8 Beyond "Politics by Other Means?": Empowerment Strategies for Los Angeles' Asian Pacific Community Chapter 30 Prospects for Pan-Ethnicity: Coalition or Competition? Chapter 31 3.9 Asian Pacific Americans and the Pan-ethnic Question Chapter 32 Politics, Media, and Racial Profiling Chapter 33 3.10 The Backdoor and the Backlash: Campaign Finance and the Politicization of Chinese Americans Chapter 34 3.11 Race, Class, Citizenship, and Extraterritoriality: Asian Americans and the 1996 Campaign Finance Scandal Chapter 35 3.12 Profiling Principle: The Prosecution of Wen Ho Lee and the Defense of Asian Americans Chapter 36 3.13 Wen Ho Lee and the Consequences of Enduring Asian American Stereotypes Chapter 37 Elected Leadership Chapter 38 3.14 Campaigns, Elections, and Elected Officials Chapter 39 3.15 Transcending the Bamboo and Glass Ceilings—Defining the Trajectory to Empower Asian Pacific American Women in Politics Chapter 40 3.16 Remarks at the 10th Annual Conference of the Committee of 100 Chapter 41 3.17 The One Hundred Year Journey: From Houseboy to the Governor's Office Chapter 42 3.18 Remarks at the University of Rochester Annual Meliora Weekend Chapter 43 3.19 My Story: Being American Means Setting Expectations High Part 44 IV Contemporary Public Policy Issues in the New Millennium Chapter 45 Introduction Chapter 46 Affirmative Action Chapter 47 4.1 The Affirmative Action Divide Chapter 48 Japanese American Redress and Reparations Chapter 49 4.2 Japanese American Redress: Proper Alignment Model Chapter 50 Labor Organizing Chapter 51 4.3 Building an Asian Pacific Labor Alliance: A New Chapter in Our History Chapter 53 Urban Riots: A Case Study of the 1992 Los Angeles Uprising Chapter 54 4.4 America's First Multiethnic "Riots" Chapter 55 Political Redistricting Chapter 56 4.5 Asian Pacific Americans and Redistricting Challenges in 2001

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