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The Resource Redefining race : Asian American panethnicity and shifting ethnic boundaries, Dina G. Okamoto

Redefining race : Asian American panethnicity and shifting ethnic boundaries, Dina G. Okamoto

Label
Redefining race : Asian American panethnicity and shifting ethnic boundaries
Title
Redefining race
Title remainder
Asian American panethnicity and shifting ethnic boundaries
Statement of responsibility
Dina G. Okamoto
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In 2012, the Pew Research Center issued a report that named Asian Americans as the 2highest-income, best-educated, and fastest-growing racial group in the United States.3 Despite this seemingly optimistic conclusion, over thirty Asian American advocacy groups challenged the findings. As many pointed out, the term 2Asian American3 itself is complicated. It currently denotes a wide range of ethnicities, national origins, and languages, and encompasses a number of significant economic and social disparities. In Redefining Race, sociologist Dina G. Okamoto traces the complex evolution of this racial designation to show how the use of 2Asian American3 as a panethnic label and identity has been a deliberate social achievement negotiated by members of this group themselves, rather than an organic and inevitable process. Drawing on original research and a series of interviews, Okamoto investigates how different Asian ethnic groups in the U.S. were able to create a collective identity in the wake of the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s. Okamoto argues that a variety of broad social forces created the conditions for this developing panethnic identity. Racial segregation, for example, shaped how Asian immigrants of different national origins were distributed in similar occupations and industries. This segregation of Asians within local labor markets produced a shared experience of racial discrimination, which encouraged Asian ethnic groups to develop shared interests and identities. By constructing a panethnic label and identity, ethnic group members took part in creating their own collective histories, and in the process challenged and redefined current notions of race. The emergence of a panethnic racial identity also depended, somewhat paradoxically, on different groups organizing along distinct ethnic lines in order to gain recognition and rights from the larger society. According to Okamoto, these ethnic organizations provided the foundation necessary to build solidarity within different Asian-origin communities. Leaders and community members who created inclusive narratives and advocated policies that benefited groups beyond their own were then able to move these discrete ethnic organizations toward a panethnic model. For example, a number of ethnic-specific organizations in San Francisco expanded their services and programs to include other ethnic group members after their original constituencies dwindled. A Laotian organization included refugees from different parts of Asia, a Japanese organization began to advocate for South Asian populations, and a Chinese organization opened its doors to Filipinos and Vietnamese. As Okamoto argues, the process of building ties between ethnic communities while also recognizing ethnic diversity is the hallmark of panethnicity. Redefining Race is a groundbreaking analysis of the processes through which group boundaries are drawn and contested. In mapping the genesis of a panethnic Asian American identity, Okamoto illustrates the ways in which concepts of race continue to shape how ethnic and immigrant groups view themselves and organize for representation in the public arena. --Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Okamoto, Dina G
Dewey number
305.895/073
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E184.A75
LC item number
O37 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Asian Americans
  • Ethnicity
  • Group identity
Label
Redefining race : Asian American panethnicity and shifting ethnic boundaries, Dina G. Okamoto
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Ethnic boundary change and panethnicity -- The durability of ethnic boundaries in the pre-1968 era -- The emergence of organizational panethnicity -- The ethnic-panethnic dynamics of collective action -- Ethnic organizations and the flexibility of group boundaries -- Panethnicity and beyond
Control code
882738666
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xv, 245 pages
Isbn
9780871546760
Lccn
2014018102
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)882738666
Label
Redefining race : Asian American panethnicity and shifting ethnic boundaries, Dina G. Okamoto
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Ethnic boundary change and panethnicity -- The durability of ethnic boundaries in the pre-1968 era -- The emergence of organizational panethnicity -- The ethnic-panethnic dynamics of collective action -- Ethnic organizations and the flexibility of group boundaries -- Panethnicity and beyond
Control code
882738666
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xv, 245 pages
Isbn
9780871546760
Lccn
2014018102
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)882738666

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