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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 Communication Patterns
Asian American communication patterns

In the previous two chapters, I examined Asian American ethnic groups and Asian Americans' ethnic and cultural identities—the major factors that influence Asian Americans' communication. The focus of this chapter is on Asian American communication patterns. There is, however, very little research that directly compares communication patterns across Asian American ethnic groups. Throughout the chapter, I summarize the research that has been conducted, and I also present data from the Survey of Asian American Communication where applicable.

I divide this chapter into two sections. In the first section, I examine expectations for communication. The expectations that Asian Americans have for how they are supposed to communicate influence how they actually communicate. In the second section, I review studies of ...

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