Encyclopedia of Asian American Issues Today

by Edith Wen-Chu Chen and Grace J. Yoo, Editors


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.

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December 2009


Pages 1005
Volumes 2
Size 7x10
Topics Race and Ethnicity/Asian American Studies

This is a revealing compilation of essays on the latest research and debates on Asian Americans, a growing and influential ethnic group today.

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
Author Info

Edith Wen-Chu Chen is associate professor in the Asian American Studies Department at California State University, Northridge. Previously she was the editor and contributor with Glenn Omatsu for Teaching about Asian Pacific Americans: Effective Activities, Strategies, and Assignments for Classrooms and Communities.

Grace J. Yoo is professor of Asian American studies at San Francisco State University. She is an applied researcher who has done extensive research on health and social problems impacting Asian Americans. Her research has been published in wide variety of interdisciplinary scholarly journals such as AAPI Nexus, Journal of Immigration and Refugee Studies, Journal of Gerontology, and Supportive Care in Cancer.



"...this is a recommended purchase for college and university libraries as well as for school districts and social agencies serving Asian American immigrant populations."Booklist

"...this work capably balances a comprehensive overview of Asian American communities in general with descriptive, detailed commentaries on single Asian American populations. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through researchers/faculty."Choice

"With the Encyclopedia of Asian American Issues Today, Chen and Yoo fill a gap in scholarly reference works concerning contemporary social issues affecting Asian Americans....Their Encyclopedia of Asian American Issues today is highly recommended for college and university libraries, especially those that support cultural and Asian or Asian American studies programmes."Reference Reviews

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