This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the study ofAsian American participation in US politics. Written to be easilyaccessible to students, the book covers historical and culturalcontext, political behavior and attitudes, interest groups andparties, elected officials, and public policies that have animportant impact on Asian Americans.
The role of identity provides an organizing theme which allowsstudents to see connections between different aspects of AsianAmerican politics. Andrew Aoki and Okiyoshi Takeda explain how thefate of Asian Americans has been powerfully influenced by the waythey have been portrayed in the media, and more generally, in USsociety. Students are introduced to the “foreverforeigner” image, which has helped to marginalise AsianAmericans, and the “model minority” myth, which cangive policymakers misleading impressions. The book also stresseshow Asian Americans have worked to take control of their image andpolitical fortunes. Students learn how the Asian American Movementhelped to promote a “panethnic” identity which couldstrengthen Asian American political influence.
Asian American Politics is a lively and accessibleintroduction, ideal for students taking courses in race andpolitics.
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About the Author
Andrew Aoki is Professor of Political Science at AugsburgCollege.
Okiyoshi Takeda is Associate Professor of PoliticalScience at Aoyama Gakuin University.
Table of Contents
Preface: Asian American Politics - Racialization and its Consequences
Chapter 1: Why Study Asian American Politics? Racialization and its consequences.
Chapter 2: Asian Americans Today
Chapter 3: Political Participation and Public Opinion
Chapter 4: Interest Groups and Social Movements
Chapter 5: Elected Officials and Representation
Chapter 6: Conflict and Cooperation with Other Minority Groups
Chapter 7: Images of Asian Americans and their Political Consequences
Chapter 8: Asian Americans, Public Policy, and Intersectionality
Chapter 9: The Politics of Identity and the Future of American Politics
Appendix: Defining and Counting Asian Americans