Becoming Asian American: Second-Generation Chinese and Korean American Identities / Edition 1

Becoming Asian American: Second-Generation Chinese and Korean American Identities / Edition 1

by Nazli Kibria
     
 

In Becoming Asian American, Nazli Kibria draws upon extensive interviews she conducted with second-generation Chinese and Korean Americans in Boston and Los Angeles who came of age during the 1980s and 1990s to explore the dynamics of race, identity, and adaptation within these communities. Moving beyond the frameworks created to study other racial

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In Becoming Asian American, Nazli Kibria draws upon extensive interviews she conducted with second-generation Chinese and Korean Americans in Boston and Los Angeles who came of age during the 1980s and 1990s to explore the dynamics of race, identity, and adaptation within these communities. Moving beyond the frameworks created to study other racial minorities and ethnic whites, she examines the various strategies used by members of this group to define themselves as both Asian and American.

In her discussions on such topics as childhood, interaction with non-Asian Americans, college, work, and the problems of intermarriage and child-raising, Kibria finds wide discrepancies between the experiences of Asian Americans and those described in studies of other ethnic groups. While these differences help to explain the unusually successful degree of social integration and acceptance into mainstream American society enjoyed by this "model minority," it is an achievement that Kibria's interviewees admit they can never take for granted. Instead, they report that maintaining this acceptance "requires constant effort on their part." Kibria suggests further developments may resolve this situation—especially the emergence of a new kind of pan–Asian American identity that would complement the Chinese or Korean American identity rather than replace it.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801877445
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
07/01/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.54(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Ch. 1Asian Americans and the Puzzle of New Immigrant Integration1
Ch. 2Growing up Chinese and American, Korean and American27
Ch. 3The Everyday Consequences of Being Asian: Ethnic Options and Ethnic Binds67
Ch. 4College and Asian American Identity102
Ch. 5The Model Minority at Work131
Ch. 6Ethnic Futures: Children and Intermarriage159
Ch. 7Becoming Asian American197
References207
Index215

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