Asian American Youth: Culture, Identity and Ethnicity by Jennifer Lee, Min Zhou

By Jennifer Lee, Min Zhou

Asian American Youth covers issues equivalent to Asian immigration, acculturation, assimilation, intermarriage, socialization, sexuality, and ethnic identity. the celebrated members exhibit how Asian American formative years have created an identification and area for themselves traditionally and in modern multicultural the United States.

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One of the most prominent ways that they demonstrate their respect and sensitivity is through a subtle blend of conformity to and rebellion against their parents. Asian American youth are less likely to talk back or blatantly defy their parents than other American youth. For example, in her study of Nisei daughters during the years of Asian exclusion, Valerie Matsumoto (this volume) depicts the tension between native-born daughters and their immigrant parents in the way they defined womanhood. ” Although this delicate balancing act may take a heavy emotional toll on Asian American youth, it is precisely their ambivalence toward their immigrant families that makes the youth culturally sensitive, which, in turn, expands their repertoire for cultural expression.

He also focuses on one of the most enduring legacies of the movement — the creation of Asian American Studies as an academic field. Reflecting upon Asian American activism over the decades, Wei argues that, although it may have declined in the 1970s and 1980s, political activism has revived in the last decade of the twentieth century. He points to the active responses from the Asian American community to the Wen Ho Lee case, the Abercrombie & Fitch tee-shirt incident, and the offensive comments made by Shaquille O’Neal regarding Yao Ming.

Rizal Day pageants also presented opportunities and constraints for young Filipinas. On the one hand, the cultural events granted young women a forum through which they could contest gender ideals by engaging in small acts of defiance and expressing their own desires for self-fashioning and deportment. On the other, the pageants also restrained the individuality of young Filipinas by holding them to an impossibly high standard of sacrifice and duty in a community dominated by immigrant men. In Chapter 5, Valerie Matsumoto describes the debates over the shifting gender roles that emerged regarding the “New Woman” in the early twentieth century.

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