By Uma A. Segal
Even though stereotypically portrayed as educational and monetary achievers, Asian american citizens usually stay in poverty, underserved through human prone, undercompensated within the team, and topic to discrimination. even though usually perceived as a unmarried, homogenous crew, there are major variations among Asian American cultures that impact their event. Segal, an Asian American immigrant herself, analyzes Asian immigration to the united states, together with immigrants' purposes for leaving their international locations, their appeal 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 by way of the immigrants and their descendents yet by means of the nation's reaction to their presence.
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I-468/QXD 5/31/02 9:53 AM Page 38 2 Pre-1965 Emigration: Leaving the Homeland for the United States What was . . striking about most of the migrants was how they were stirred by a common discontent, and how they came searching for a new start. . “Poverty hurt,” but hunger and want were not what essentially deﬁned the migrants. . The migrants were unique in a felicitous way: they were the dreamers . . and their dreams inspired them to take risks. —Takaki 1989:66 M otivations for emigration are myriad, and personal choices are rarely clear.
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A framework for immigration: Asians in the United States by Uma A. Segal