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By Uma A. Segal

Even supposing stereotypically portrayed as educational and monetary achievers, Asian american citizens usually reside in poverty, underserved by way of human providers, undercompensated within the crew, and topic to discrimination. even supposing usually perceived as a unmarried, homogenous workforce, there are major modifications among Asian American cultures that impact their adventure. Segal, an Asian American immigrant herself, analyzes Asian immigration to the united states, together with immigrants' purposes for leaving their nations, their appeal to the united states, the problems they face in modern U.S. society, and the historical past of public attitudes and coverage towards them. Segal observes that the profile of the Asian American is formed not just by means of the immigrants and their descendents yet via the nation's reaction to their presence.

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I-468/QXD 42 5/31/02 9:53 AM Page 42 LEAVING THE HOMELAND FOR THE UNITED STATES nineteenth century. Christian missions had been present since the Tang Dynasty, had survived the Manchu conquest, and formally benefited from the emperor’s tolerance in 1692. Their primary focus, however, was on religious conversion. Beginning in the 1840s, they contributed to the society by establishing schools for children, and by the turn of the century, medical missionaries pioneered the training of Chinese doctors in Western medicine and issues of public health.

Legality does not ensure ease of entry, however. Refugees may be legally admitted into a host or asylum country (Mayadas and Segal 2000), yet be transported in overcrowded boats, trucks, or trains from their countries of origin to the asylum country. This experience may endanger their health, increase the possibility of transportation breakdown and accidents, increase the stress and interpersonal conflict among passengers, and limit access to food and water. Such events will make immigration difficult and will increase the possibility of trauma and long-term psychological distress.

Unlike assimilation in its various forms, integration, accommodation, and separation—three methods of acclimating oneself to a new or alien situation—require little identity reconstruction. i-468/QXD 32 5/31/02 9:51 AM Page 32 A FRAMEWORK FOR THE IMMIGRATION EXPERIENCE society and incorporate them into their existing Weltanschauung. On the other hand, immigrants who accommodate the lifestyle of the dominant group merely adjust to it and learn to function within it, without internalizing or accepting it as being valuable for their own survival or progress.

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