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Forever Foreigners or Honorary Whites?: The Asian Ethnic Experience Today
by Mia Tuan
Rutgers University Press, 1999
Cloth: 978-0-8135-2623-2 | eISBN: 978-0-8135-5637-6 | Paper: 978-0-8135-2624-9
Library of Congress Classification E184.O6T8 1998
Dewey Decimal Classification 305.895073


What does it mean to be an Asian-American in the United States today? Are Asian-Americans considered "honorary whites" or forever thought of as "foreigners?"

Mia Tuan examines the salience and meaning of ethnicity for later generation Chinese- and Japanese-Americans, and asks how their concepts of ethnicity differ from that of white ethnic Americans. She interviewed 95 middle-class Chinese and Japanese Californians and analyzes the importance of ethnic identities and the concept of becoming a "real" American for both Asian and white ethnics. She asks her subjects about their early memories and experiences with Chinese/Japanese culture; current lifestyle and emerging cultural practices; experiences with racism and discrimination; and  attitudes toward current Asian immigration.

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