This is a revealing compilation of essays on the latest research and debates on Asian Americans, a growing and influential ethnic group today.
Asian Americans are often considered a “model minority,” steadily striving for the American dream with an exemplary focus on education and enterprise. But in reality, along with notable successes, Asian Americans face a number of challenging issues; the Asian American community is far more complex and diverse than most people realize.
Encyclopedia of Asian American Issues Today is the first major reference work focused on the full expanse of contemporary Asian American experiences in the United States. Drawing on over two decades of research, it takes an unprecedented look at the major issues confronting the Asian American community as a whole, and the specific ethnic identities within that community—from established groups such as Chinese, Japanese, and Korean Americans to newer groups such as Cambodian and Hmong Americans.
Across two volumes, Encyclopedia of Asian American Issues Today offers 110 entries on the current state of affairs, controversies, successes, and outlooks for future for Asian Americans. The set is divided into 11 thematic sections including diversity and demographics; education; health; identity; immigrants, refugees, and citizenship; law; media; politics; war; work and economy; youth, family, and the aged. Contributors include leading experts in the fields of Asian American studies, education, public health, political science, law, economics, and psychology.
• Organizes 100 key issues impacting Asian Americans around thematic sections such as youth, family and the aged, health, law, education, the media, and immigration
• Includes the insights of over 100 leading experts and scholars on Asian American contemporary issues from fields such as education, public health, law, economics, and psychology
• Numerous sidebars appear with biographical profiles, quotations, statistics, and document snippets throughout the volumes
• Includes photos of community members, prominent Asian American figures, events, and more
• Suggested readings including electronic sources for 110 key issues along with recommended websites
• Offers the first comprehensive scholarly analysis of Asian American experiences
• Covers both the community as a whole and the full range of ethnic subgroups within that community
• Synthesizes and analyzes the last 20 years of research and debates on the main issues facing Asian Americans today
• Takes a close look at the 2007 U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey to provide a demographic overview of Asian Americans and ethnic-specific data for 14 Asian ethnic groups and subgroups