MAJOR ISSUES RELATED TO AAEXPERIENCE-1.CHP 5

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MAJOR ISSUES RELATED TO  ASIAN AMERICAN  EXPERIENCE CHAPTER 5
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MAJOR AND MINOR ISSUES Major issues concerning Asian Americans Practical Issues: violence on Asian  Americans AA experiences: Theoretical and Practical  Implications: e.g., AA’s socioeconomic  success is a question of interpretation,  using a theoretical perspective, as well as  a practical/  empirical question concerning  the well being of the
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Focus on some Issues Emphasis on Structural factors: Institutional barriers Discrimination Class Differences Major issues concerning 1.5 generation: A. Positioning of AA in American hierarchy B. Korean-African American issues C. Effect of 9/11 on S. Asians
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Critique of Model Minority  Myth 1080’s media described AA as a model  minority: AA have achieved high socio- economic status through their cultural  mechanisms such as: Hard work Frugality Family Ties Sacrifice for their children’s education
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Model Minority, contd. Focus was only on the positive aspects Failures and negative aspects were never  discussed AA scholars are critical of the model minority  label Example, using median income as a statistic  to claim that AA household income is more  than other communities is problematic
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Model Minority, contd. Median income for AA is high, because: There are more earners per family Many families are employed in family  business: grocery stores, restaurants Residentially concentrated in big cities  such as SF, LA, NY, Chicago, etc.,  where cost of living is high
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Model Minority, contd. Poverty among AA is rarely discussed Many AA live in poverty See Table 5.1 on page 82 Shows how issues of success or failure  can be camouflaged
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Issue of Lower Rewards to  Human Capital Investment AA do not get the returns on their  investment in education compared to  their white compatriots Many college-educated AA are  employed in low-paying jobs as taxi  drivers, bus boys in restaurants AA engineers make less than their white  counterparts
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