Emerging Voices: Experiences of Underrepresented Asian Americans

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Huping Ling
Rutgers University Press, 2008 - Social Science - 265 pages
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While a growing number of popular and scholarly works focus on Asian Americans, most are devoted to the experiences of larger groups such as Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, and Indian Americans. As the field grows, there is a pressing need to understand the smaller and more recent immigrant communities. Emerging Voices fills this gap with its unique and compelling discussion of underrepresented groups, including Burmese, Indonesian, Mong, Hmong, Nepalese, Romani, Tibetan, and Thai Americans.

Unlike the earlier and larger groups of Asian immigrants to America, many of whom made the choice to emigrate to seek better economic opportunities, many of the groups discussed in this volume fled war or political persecution in their homeland. Forced to make drastic transitions in America with little physical or psychological preparation, questions of "why am I here," "who am I," and "why am I discriminated against," remain at the heart of their post-emigration experiences.

Bringing together eminent scholars from a variety of disciplines, this collection considers a wide range of themes, including assimilation and adaptation, immigration patterns, community, education, ethnicity, economics, family, gender, marriage, religion, sexuality, and work.

 

  

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Contents

Introduction Emerging Voices of Underrepresented Asian Americans
1
Emerging Consciousness Emigration and Ethnic Identity
15
From Laos to America The Hmong Community in the United States
17
Cultural Transition and Adjustment The Experiences of the Mong in the United States
34
The Role of Ethnic Leaders in the Refugee Community A Case Study of the Lowland Lao in the American Midwest
52
Displaced People Adjusting to New Cultural Vocabulary Tibetan Immigrants in North America
71
Unity and Diversity among Indonesian Migrants to the United States
90
Dynamics Intricacy and Multiplicity of Romani Identity in the United States
109
Thai Americans Performing Gender
145
The Gender of Practice Some Findings among Thai Buddhist Women in Northern California
160
Women of the Temple Burmese Immigrants Gender and Buddhism in a US Frame
183
The Function of Ethnicity in the Adaptation of Burmese Religious Practices
199
ParentChild Conflict within the Mong Family
218
Hmong American Contemporary Experience
236
Notes on Contributors
255
Index
259

Community Identity of Kashmiri Hindus in the United States
126
Emerging Contributions Gender Work Religion and Education
143

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About the author (2008)

Huping Ling is a professor of history at Truman State University and the author of Chinese St. Louis: From Enclave to Cultural Community.

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