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The Taiwanese Americans
Ng, Franklin, 1947-
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Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1998.
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x, 163 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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E184.T35 N45 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Despite the relatively short history of the Taiwanese in the United States, they have been a significant presence in America. Since 1965, immigration law changes have led to a dramatic increase in the Asian population in the United States. Taiwanese Americans, the immigrants from Taiwan and their descendants, are a prominent group in this increasing Asian population. This is the first book-length study about the Taiwanese American community in the United States. While most articles have discussed the economic impact of their immigration, this study focuses on their community organization, information networks, religious practices, cultural observances, and the growing second generation. Finally, it concludes with an assessment of the contributions of Taiwanese Americans to U.S. society. Biographical sketches of noted Taiwanese Americans complete the text.

The identity of the Taiwanese American community is complex and evolving, because it is partly determined by the politics between Taiwan and China. As relations between Taiwan and China change, so will the identity of Taiwanese Americans. Other variables affecting their identity include the relations between mainlanders and native Taiwanese in Taiwan, political liberalization within Taiwan, the role of U.S. policy towards Taiwan and China, and the nurturing of a Taiwanese consciousness. An increasingly important variable is the orientation of the second generation, American-born Taiwanese Americans. They have the options of being simultaneously Taiwanese American, Chinese American, Asian American and American. Taiwanese Americans are helping to reinvent America by transforming the economic and cultural landscape of the U.S. as have previous waves of immigrants.

Author Notes

FRANKLIN NG is Professor of Anthropology at California State University, Fresno. He is the former editor of the Journal of American-East Asian Relations and is also on the editorial board of the Amerasia Journal and the Journal of American Ethnic History .

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 10 Up-Ng gives a thumbnail sketch of Taiwan-the land, culture, and history-before going on to describe immigration to the United States, most of which has occurred after 1965. Topics covered include the reasons for migrating, family life in the U.S. and how it is evolving, and various mechanisms to help people cope with adjustments. The writing is clear but very detailed; footnotes are placed within the text. The author is as specific as possible to Taiwan and the Taiwanese but obviously says much about Chinese culture and the political situation between Taiwan and the mainland. Informative but generally dull black-and-white photos are scattered throughout. Profiles of prominent individuals, immigration tables, and a current bibliography of books and periodicals are appended. Make this available to older students writing comprehensive reports and to communities serving Taiwanese Americans.-Diane S. Marton, Arlington County Library, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Who are the Taiwanese Americans?
Introduction to Taiwan Coming to America Immigration
Family Youth Living in America Associations
Newspapers and the Media Religion Festivals An Evolving Taiwanese
American Identity Factors in Taiwanese Identity
The Construction of Taiwanese American Identity
The Taiwanese American Legacy
Appendix A Notable Taiwanese Americans
Appendix B Tables Bibliography