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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.

Ethnic and Cultural Identities
Ethnic and cultural identities

Jndividuals can be born Chinese Americans, Filipino Americans, Japanese Americans, Korean Americans, or Vietnamese Americans and view their ethnicities as important parts of who they are. Alternatively, these individuals may not view their ethnicities as important parts of who they are or may view themselves as Asian Americans, not Chinese Americans, Filipino Americans, Japanese Americans, Korean Americans, or Vietnamese Americans. Asian Americans can be born outside the United States, move to the United States, and come to view themselves mainly as “Americans.” Others may be born in the United States and never view themselves as “Americans.” As these examples indicate, there can be tremendous variations in how Asian Americans view themselves with respect to their ethnicities and the ...

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