Although stereotypically portrayed as academic and economic
achievers, Asian Americans often live in poverty, underserved by
human services, undercompensated in the workforce, and subject to
discrimination. Although often perceived as a single, homogenous
group, there are significant differences between Asian American
cultures that affect their experience. Segal, an Asian American
immigrant herself, analyzes Asian immigration to the U.S.,
including immigrants' reasons for leaving their countries, their
attraction to the U.S., the issues they face in contemporary U.S.
society, and the history of public attitudes and policy toward
them. Segal observes that the profile of the Asian American is
shaped not only by the immigrants and their descendents but by the
nation's response to their presence.
Subjects: Law, Sociology, Political Science
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