1st Edition

Asian American Family Life and Community

Edited By Franklin Ng Copyright 1998

    Before World War II, family life in Asian American communities was greatly influenced by immigration policies and cultural practices. For some groups, such as the Chinese and the Filipinos, a dearth of females resulted in the appearance of bachelor societies. Among the Japanese, a healthy family society was maintained by the practice of sponsoring picture brides. The essays in this volume examine such issues as the role of the family, generational changes, and the significance of kinship, networks, newspapers, and credit associations in various Asian American groups.

    Series Introduction; Volume Introduction; Chapter 1 Asian American Socioeconomic Achievement, Victor Nee, Herbert Y. Wong; Chapter 2 Household Structure and Family Ideologies: The Dynamics of Immigrant Economic Adaptation Among Vietnamese Refugees, Nazli Kibria; Chapter 3 The principle of generation among the Japanese in Honolulu, Colleen Leahy Johnson; Chapter 4 Interdependence, Reciprocity and Indebtedness: An Analysis of Japanese American Kinship Relations, Colleen Leahy Johnson; Chapter 5 Incorporation into Networks Among Sikhs in Los Angeles, Anne K. Fleuret; Chapter 6 Filipino Hometown Associations in Hawaii, Jonathan Y. Okamura; Chapter 7 Filipino Migration and Community Organizations in the United States, Elenas. H. Yu; Chapter 8 Korean Rotating Credit Associations in Los Angeles, Ivan Light, Im Jung Kwuon, Deng Zhong; Chapter 9 The Chinese American Citizens Alliance: An Effort in Assimilation, 1895–1965, Sue Fawn Chung; Chapter 10 The Hmong Refugee Community in San Diego: Theoretical and Practical Implications of its Continuing Ethnic Solidarity, George M. Scott Jr.; Chapter 11 Southeast Asian Refugees in the United States: The Interaction of Kinship and Public Policy, David W. Haines; Chapter 12 Vietnamese in America: Diversity in Adaptation, Kenneth A. Skinner; Chapter 13 Elites and Ethnic Boundary Maintenance: A Study of the Roles of Elites in Chinatown, New York City, Bernard Wong; Chapter 14 Why There Are No Asian Americans in Hawai‘i: The Continuing Significance of Local Identity, Jonathan Y. Okamura; Chapter 15 Cultural and economic boundaries of Korean ethnicity: a comparative analysis, Pyong Gap Min;


    Franklin Ng is Professor of Anthropology at California State University, Fresno. He holds a B.A. degree from Johns Hopkins University, an A.M. degree from Harvard University, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago. The editor of The Asian American Encyclopedia, he is also the co-editor of New Visions in Asian American Studies: Diversity, Community, Power, the author of Chinese Americans Struggle for Equality, and has written articles for anthologies and journals. He serves as the editor of the Journal of American-East Asian Relations and is on the editorial board of the Amerasia Journal.