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This book examines Asian American ethnicity and communication, looking at: immigration patterns, ethnic institutions, family patterns, and ethnic and cultural identities. William Gudykunst focuses on how communication is similar and different among Chinese Americans, Filipino Americans, Japanese Americans, Korean Americans, and Vietnamese Americans. Where applicable, similarities and differences in communication between Asian Americans and European Americans are also examined. Gudykunst concludes with a discussion of the role of communication in Asian immigrants' acculturation to the United States.

Communication and Ethnicity
Communication and ethnicity

The first Asians arrived in the United States before the Declaration of Independence was signed (i.e., a small group of “Manila men” arrived in New Orleans in the 1760s). There was no significant Asian immigration to the United States, however, until after the California gold rush when Chinese workers arrived in the 1850s. Immigration policies restricted Asian immigration until the 1965 Immigration and Naturalization Act. Asian immigration increased significantly after the 1965 Act. Immigrants from Asia accounted for over 40% of the legal immigration to the United States in the 1990s (Kitano & Daniels, 1995).

The majority of Asians living in the United States were not born in the United States. The percentage of U.S.-born Asian Americans varies tremendously—ranging from 67.7% ...

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