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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.

Asian American Ethnic Groups
Asian American ethnic groups

In the previous chapter, I examined the cultural factors that influence Asian American communication. Explaining the similarities and differences in communication for members of Asian American ethnic groups also requires understanding similarities and differences among the various ethnic groups and their experiences in the United States.

I begin this chapter with a general overview of Asian American immigration to the United States. Following this, I examine the immigration patterns, institutional support, and family patterns for Chinese Americans, Japanese Americans, Filipino Americans, Korean Americans, and Vietnamese Americans.1 I conclude this chapter by looking at the individualistic and collectivistic tendencies for members of the five ethnic groups.

General Immigration Patterns

In this section, I provide a broad overview of Asian immigration to the ...

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