By Uma A. Segal
Even supposing stereotypically portrayed as educational and financial achievers, Asian americans usually stay in poverty, underserved by way of human providers, undercompensated within the staff, and topic to discrimination. even though usually perceived as a unmarried, homogenous workforce, 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 nations, their allure to the united states, the problems they face in modern U.S. society, and the historical past 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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To balance the negative effects of being of the “wrong” race and skin color, immigrants may need to have a number of other assets. Particularly useful are professional skills, language competence, and psychosocial strength. When immigrants ﬁll a need in the society and can contribute to its well-being, skin color may not constitute as major an obstacle as when they have little perceived value to the host country. Furthermore, although indications are that skin color universally deﬁnes “foreignness,” regardless of speciﬁc culture, identity, behaviors, or network afﬁliation (Reitz and Sklar 1997), the “appropriate” skin color may not preclude prejudice and racism (Hickman and Walter 1995).
The dramatic growth of the Chinese population occurred before Western contact, foreign trade, or industrialization had reached signiﬁcant levels. Factors contributing to it may have been the internal peace maintained under Manchu rule during the eighteenth century, the control of disease, and, most important, the abundant grain supply, which increased sixfold between 1400 and 1800 and rose 50 percent more during the next 150 years. Animals and other farm products also increased substantially. Despite enormous growth in population and food supply, the labor-intensive farming system soon led to overuse of all arable land and reached a point of diminishing returns, leading to a gradual decrease in the person-to-land ratio.
These policies and laws might revolve around the nation’s foreign policies and international relationships with sending countries as well as with immigration itself and the extent to which the immigration laws will be inclusive or restrictive. i-468/QXD 34 5/31/02 9:51 AM Page 34 A FRAMEWORK FOR THE IMMIGRATION EXPERIENCE economic, health care, social welfare, and education policies and must ensure that immigrants have the protection of the nation’s legal system. Economic policy that deals with business functions and practices, including hiring, wages, and equal access must ensure that immigrants are familiar with relevant economic policy, are able to exercise their rights, and are protected from exploitation.
A framework for immigration: Asians in the United States by Uma A. Segal