By Uma A. Segal
Even if stereotypically portrayed as educational and financial achievers, Asian americans frequently reside in poverty, underserved through human companies, undercompensated within the crew, and topic to discrimination. even supposing usually perceived as a unmarried, homogenous crew, there are major modifications among Asian American cultures that have an effect on their event. Segal, an Asian American immigrant herself, analyzes Asian immigration to the united states, together with immigrants' purposes for leaving their nations, their charm to the united states, the problems they face in modern U.S. society, and the background of public attitudes and coverage towards them. Segal observes that the profile of the Asian American is formed not just through the immigrants and their descendents yet by means of the nation's reaction to their presence.
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Economic, professional, and educational resources, along with language capability, are the most obvious assets that can help an individual ease into a new society. A number of other personal strengths also appear to be instrumental in making the transition less formidable. Social supports through some kind of network, both in the receiving country and among those who accompany immigrants, such as family members, ensure some familiarity in the new environment. i-468/QXD 24 5/31/02 9:51 AM Page 24 A FRAMEWORK FOR THE IMMIGRATION EXPERIENCE for the future.
Immigration policy and economic needs have greatly deﬁned immigration patterns, the primary impetus for emigration has usually been conditions in the home country and the individual’s discernment of options within them. Thus, to place Asian immigration to the United States in context, it may be useful to review the events and the climate in the country of emigration during particular immigration waves. As historians underscore, a signiﬁcant connection often exists between the past and the present (Nehru 1946).
At one end lies total assimilation, while at the other end lies total rejection. Early assimilation theorists believed that total assimilation into a “melting pot” was the ideal and that becoming similar to the dominant group in the destination country should be the goal of all immigrants. This perspective, based on the assumption that in order to gain equal access to the resources in a receiving country, diverse groups gradually shed their own traditions (Zhou 1997), is still maintained by some strong supporters of classical assimilationist theories (Alba and Nee 1997).
A framework for immigration: Asians in the United States by Uma A. Segal