By Uma A. Segal
Even if stereotypically portrayed as educational and fiscal achievers, Asian americans usually dwell in poverty, underserved by way of human companies, undercompensated within the team, and topic to discrimination. even supposing usually perceived as a unmarried, homogenous team, there are major adjustments among Asian American cultures that impact their adventure. Segal, an Asian American immigrant herself, analyzes Asian immigration to the united states, together with immigrants' purposes for leaving their nations, their charm 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 through the immigrants and their descendents yet through the nation's reaction to their presence.
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This, coupled with the triage of China’s nineteenth-century experience—domestic rebellion, foreign invasions, and efforts of the ruling elite to control and preserve their empire—provides the backdrop for the emigration process. Furthermore, because of a lack of interest in European goods, Britain was running a trade deﬁcit with China. To reverse the trend, the East India Company, a British ﬁrm, began exporting opium to China from India. The drug, used for medicinal purposes, soon entered China as a recreational drug, and China began aggressively enforcing laws against opium use and distribution to control the resulting trade deﬁcit, resulting in the ﬁrst of two Opium Wars between Britain and China.
The country’s receptiveness is also reﬂected in the available programs for the immigrants, including basic health, education, and welfare services, as well as programs that can provide psychosocial and emotional support. The acceptance of a group is highly inﬂuenced by the country’s openness to diversity and to ethnically speciﬁc variables, such as language facility, skin color, and other characteristics associated with race. The identities of immigrants are shaped not only by the social location of their group within the host society but also by the position of their country of origin within the global racial order (Espiritu 1996).
Dominant societies reﬂect their xenophobia by social and economic marginalization of groups, usually arising from racial status (Daly 1996; Hjerm 1998). Migrants are segregated against their will by being conﬁned to menial jobs and relegated to deplorable housing conditions in the least desirable sectors of large metropolitan areas (Daly 1996). Marginalization, in which both the original culture and contact with the majority are seen as unimportant (Van Oudenhoven, Prins, and Buunk 1998), creates a class of immigrants working on the fringes of society, without full rights and having access to few resources.
A framework for immigration: Asians in the United States by Uma A. Segal