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Asian American Youth : Culture, Identity and Ethnicity - Jennifer Lee

Asian American Youth

Culture, Identity and Ethnicity

By: Jennifer Lee (Editor), Min Zhou (Editor)

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"Asian American Youth" is the first collection to address a wide number of important topics about Asian American youth as a distinctive group. The Asian-origin population constitutes the fastest growing racial/ethnic group in the US today. As a consequence, Asian American youth are quickly growing into their own subculture and carving out their own identities in American culture. "Asian American Youth "covers topics such as Asian immigration, acculturation, assimilation, intermarriage, socialization, sexuality, and ethnic identification. The distinguished contributors show how Asian American youth have created an identity and space for themselves historically and in contemporary multicultural America.

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"The Asian American population of the United States has grown exponentially over the last couple of decades. Yet the state of scholarly and popular knowledge of the Asian American experience remains scandalously superficial--with facile old cliches still dominating the cultural imaginary. Drs. Jennifer Lee and Min Zhou do us all a great service by producing an interdisciplinary and comparative volume that is not only state-of-the-art social science but will push us to re-think basic ideas about the rich variety of experience and condition of a growing sector of the American mosaic."
-Marcelo M. Suarez-Orozco, Steinhardt School of Education, New York University
"This lively and multifaceted collection of essays reintroduces the sociology of youth into the field of race-and-ethnicity; it sheds light on ethnic practices and institutions that have remained invisible in the study of (adult) immigrants; informs us about how the children of East and Southeast Asian immigrants are becoming Asian Americans. "Asian American Youth is also a good read about a very active bunch of young people."
-Herbert J. Gans, Columbia University
"The editors of this collection start from the paradox of presence/absence--Asian American students are the fastest growing ethnic group across many college campuses, and yet popular characterizations of young Asian Americans are so often off the mark, rendering Asian American youth cultures invisible. This book is an answer back to the paradox--and provides readers with a fuller view of the main currents of Asian American youth issues, cultures, and dilemmas."
-Dana Y. Takagi, Co-Director, Center for Justice, Tolerance, and Community, University ofCalifornia, Santa Cruz

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introduction: The Making of Culture, Identity, and Ethnicity among Asian American Youthp. 1
Population Dynamics and Diverse Contexts of Growing Up American
Coming of Age at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century: A Demographic Profile of Asian American Youthp. 33
Intermarriage and Multiracial Identification: The Asian American Experience and Implications for Changing Color Linesp. 51
Historical Patterns of Cultural Practices among Asian American Youth
Rizal Day Queen Contests, Filipino Nationalism, and Femininityp. 67
Nisei Daughters' Courtship and Romance in Los Angeles before World War IIp. 83
Hell's a Poppin': Asian American Women's Youth Consumer Culturep. 101
Shifting Ethnic Identity and Consciousness: U.S.-Born Chinese American Youth in the 1930s and 1950sp. 113
Emerging Youth Cultural Forms and Practices
Instant Karma: The Commercialization of Asian Indian Culturep. 131
Transnational Cultural Practices of Chinese Immigrant Youth and Parachute Kidsp. 143
Reinventing the Wheel: Import Car Racing in Southern Californiap. 159
"No Lattes Here": Asian American Youth and the Cyber Cafe Obsessionp. 177
Filipinotown and the DJ Scene: Cultural Expression and Identity Affirmation of Filipino American Youth in Los Angelesp. 191
A Shortcut to the American Dream? Vietnamese Youth Gangs in Little Saigonp. 207
Lost in the Fray: Cambodian American Youth in Providence, Rhode Islandp. 221
Negotiating and Affirming Identity, Space, and Choice
Made in the U.S.A.: Second-Generation Korean American Campus Evangelicalsp. 235
Performing Race, Negotiating Identity: Asian American Professional Actors in Hollywoodp. 251
Searching for Home: Voices of Gay Asian American Youth in West Hollywoodp. 269
Marriage Dilemmas: Partner Choices and Constraints for Korean Americans in New York Cityp. 285
A Commentary on Young Asian American Activists from the 1960s to the Presentp. 299
Conclusion: Reflections, Thoughts, and Directions for Future Reseachp. 313
Bibliographyp. 325
Contributorsp. 341
Indexp. 347
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ISBN: 9780415946698
ISBN-10: 0415946697
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 359
Published: 29th July 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.22 x 16.36  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.51
Edition Number: 1