In a series of essays based on original ethnographic research, Pyong Gap Min and his contributors examine the unique identity issues for second generation ethnic Asians, from Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Korean, Indian, and Vietnamese descent. They describe how societal expectations and structural barriers have a powerful influence on the formation of ethnic identities in a strongly racialized American society. Key factors discussed are the importance of culture and language retention, ethnic attachment, transnational ties, pan-Asian coalitions and friendships, social and geographic mobility, racial domination and racial awareness, life cycle changes, immigrant women's sexuality and gender traditionalism, deviant behavior, and educational and occupational achievement. This book will be a valuable resource in the study of Asian American culture, race, ethnicity and American society.
This is an essential volume on the bookshelf of anyone interested in contemporary immigration. The Asian-American scholars assembled in The Second Generation speak to the subtle interplay between the racial categorizations of the larger society and the identity choices of minority individuals, which will ultimately determine how today’s Asian immigrant groups fit into the U.S.
Eight contributions from Min (sociology, Queens College, NY) and other Asian-American academics discuss identity issues for second generation ethnic Asians from Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Korean, Indian, and Vietnamese descent. These empirical studies examine such topics as Filipino American youth gangs in Los Angeles, ethnic and racial identities of Asian Americans in college, and ethnic attachment among third- and fourth- generation Chinese and Japanese Americans. Seven of the essays were previously published in various journals. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Multiple Identities of Second-Generation Filipinos: The Intersection of Race, Ethnicity, and Class Chapter 3 Formation of Ethnic Identity among Second-Generation Vietnamese Americans Chapter 4 Engendering Ethnicity in Indian Immigrant Families in the United States: Disciplining Desire in Making Home Chapter 5 Ethnic Attachment among Second-Generation Korean Americans Chapter 6 Filipino American Youth Gangs, "Party Culture," and Ethnic Identity in Los Angeles Chapter 7 Formation of Ethnic and Racial Identities: Narratives by Asian-American Professionals Chapter 8 College and Notions of "Asian American": Second-Generation Chinese and Korean Americans Chapter 9 Clues from the Asian Ethnic Experience: Second Generation Asian American Identity