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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 Acculturation
Communication and acculturation

In the previous chapters, I have discussed how Asian Americans' generation in the United States influences their communication. In these discussions, generation was treated like any other factor influencing Asian Americans' communication. Generation in the United States, however, is not like other factors I have discussed (e.g., ethnic identities). First-generation (i.e., individuals who come to the United States at age 13 or later) and 1.5-generation (individuals who come to the United States before age 13) experiences in the United States are different from other generations of Asian Americans' experiences. First-generation and 1.5-generation Asian Americans are born in Asian cultures and move to the United States. Second and subsequent generations of Asian Americans, in contrast, are born and raised in the ...

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