Emerging Voices: Experiences of Underrepresented Asian Americans

Emerging Voices: Experiences of Underrepresented Asian Americans

by Huping Ling

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While a growing number of popular and scholarly works focus on Asian Americans, most are devoted to the experiences of larger groups such as Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, and Indian Americans. As the field grows, there is a pressing need to understand the smaller and more recent immigrant communities. Emerging Voices fills this gap with its unique and compelling discussion of underrepresented groups, including Burmese, Indonesian, Mong, Hmong, Nepalese, Romani, Tibetan, and Thai Americans.

Unlike the earlier and larger groups of Asian immigrants to America, many of whom made the choice to emigrate to seek better economic opportunities, many of the groups discussed in this volume fled war or political persecution in their homeland. Forced to make drastic transitions in America with little physical or psychological preparation, questions of “why am I here,” “who am I,” and “why am I discriminated against,” remain at the heart of their post-emigration experiences.

Bringing together eminent scholars from a variety of disciplines, this collection considers a wide range of themes, including assimilation and adaptation, immigration patterns, community, education, ethnicity, economics, family, gender, marriage, religion, sexuality, and work.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813546254
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 12/30/2008
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 344
File size: 702 KB

About the Author

Huping Ling is a professor of history at Truman State University and the author of Chinese St. Louis: From Enclave to Cultural Community.

Table of Contents

Contents Acknowledgments 1. Introduction: Emerging Voices of Underrepresented Asian Americans Huping Ling Part I. Emerging Consciousness: Emigration and Ethnic Identity 2. From Laos to America: The Hmong Community in the United States Franklin Ng 3. Cultural Transition and Adjustment: The Experiences of the Mong in the United States Paoze Thao 4 The Role of Ethnic Leaders in the Refugee Community: A Case Study of the Lowland Lao in the American Midwest Pamela A. De Voe 5. "Displaced People" Adjusting to New Cultural Vocabulary: Tibetan Immigrants in North America Yosay Wandi 6. Unity and Diversity among Indonesian Migrants to the United States Clark E. Cunningham 7. Dynamics, Intricacy, and Multiplicity of Romani Identity in the United States Suzuko Morikawa 8. Community Identity of Kashmiri Hindus in the United States Haley Duschinski Part II. Emerging Contributions: Gender, Work, Religion, and Education 9. Thai Americans: Performing Gender Jiemin Bao 10. The Gender of Practice: Some Findings among Thai Buddhist Women in Northern California Todd LeRoy Perreira 11. Women of the Temple: Burmese Immigrants, Gender, and Buddhism in a U.S. Frame Tamara C. Ho 12. Adaptation of Burmese Monastic and Domestic Religious Practices in the San Francisco Bay Area Joseph Cheah 13. Parent-Child Conflict within the Mong Families Chimeng Yang 14. Hmong American Contemporary Experience Kou Yang About the Contributors Index

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