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Claire Kim. Racial Triangulation of Asian Americans 09/15/11 Soci 1 Intro to Sociolgy Blair-Loy
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Race/ethnicity: Cultural and Social Structures Cultural structures: 1. Illusion of race: Racial distinctions are biological, inherent, and significant for other outcomes. 2. Cultural ideologies of superiority/inferiority of different racial/ethnic groups. Social structures are “racialized” - They construct and reinforce myth of racial difference These include durable patterns established by law, immigration policies, labor markets, and residential real estate markets. 09/15/11 Soci 1 Intro to Sociolgy Blair-Loy
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Power resides in the ability to define a group as different (and inherently less deserving) Historically, people who are Caucasian have had the ability to assign racial categories to groups of people Cultural structures about the inherent qualityy of racial distinctions and the particular racial groups and social structures of law and employment patterns ascribe race/ethnicity and limit life chances 09/15/11 Soci 1 Intro to Sociolgy Blair-Loy
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Claire Kim: Constructing cultural structure of Race Not just separate histories Not just a simple hierarchy Instead a 2-D “field of racial positions” constructed by white elites, others Fig. 2.1: Asians triangulated, constructed in relationship to Blacks & Whites (p. 187)11/1/2010 09/15/11 Soci 1 Intro to Sociolgy Blair-Loy
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“Double elision” Ethnic and national differences elided (collapsed) w/ ascription into a single race All different groups with Asian ancestry (There are large distinctions – Vivian Louie’s research: Asian Indians and Japanese perform best on standardized tests; Southeast Asians least well. Linked to family’s social class status in country of origin, political history of immigration waves, length of time in U.S.) 09/15/11 Soci 1 Intro to Sociolgy Blair-Loy
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into one Asian category in U.S., there are large distinctions . Vivian Louie’s research: Asian Indians and Japanese perform best on standardized tests; Southeast Asians least well. Linked to family’s social class in country of origin, political history of immigration waves, length of time in U.S. Even within one group (Chinese, in Louie’s study), there
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