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Asian American politics : law, participation, and policy
Nakanishi, Don T.
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Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield, [2003]

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xvi, 474 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
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Asian Americans are emerging as a political force and yet their politics have not been systematically studied by either social scientists or politicians. Asian American politics transcend simple questions of voting behavior and elective office, going all the way back to early immigration laws and all the way forward to ethnic targeting. For the first time, this book brings together original sources on key topics influencing Asian American politics, knit together by expert scholars who introduce each subject and place it in context with political events and the greater emerging literature. Court cases, legislation, demographics, and key pieces on topics ranging from gender to Japanese American redress to the Los Angeles riots to Wen Ho Lee round out this innovative reader on a politically active group likely to grow in number and electoral impact.

Author Notes

Don T. Nakanishi is director and professor of the Asian American Studies Center at the University of California, Los Angeles. James S. Lai is assistant professor of political science and ethnic studies at Santa Clara University.

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This is an encyclopedic account of Asian Americans in historical and contemporary relations in the US. The contributors follow historical patterns of participation of Asian Americans. They review legal and constitutional issues affecting this group and look at immigration laws and how these laws influenced political realities of Asian Americans. The contributors conclude with some thoughts of present-day policy implications for Asian American citizens. Editors Nakinishi and Lai argue that Asian Americans have been largely ignored as a group partly because of their small numbers and partly because they have had few champions in the halls of legislatures. They hope that this volume will help people realize how important past and current immigration laws have been and continue to be for Asian Americans. They also hope to help forge ties among the very diverse Asian American populations. The book has excellent notes and bibliographic references. It should be in all libraries concerned with diversity and Asian politics in the US. ^BSumming Up: Essential. All levels. P. Kriese Indiana University East

Table of Contents

Don T. Nakanishi and James S. LaiLee A. MakelaBill Ong HingDon T. NakanishiPaul M. Ong and Don T. NakanishiGlenn OmatsuKim GeronSandhya ShuklaPei-te LienJanelle S. WongHarold Brackman and Steven P. ErieJames S. LaiTaeku LeeL. Ling-chi WangFrank H. WuSpencer K. TurnbullJames S. Lai and Wendy K. Tam-Cho and Thomas P. Kim and Okiyoshi TakedaElena OngElaine L. ChaoGary LockeNorman Y. MinetaDavid WuPaul M. OngHarry H. L. Kitano and Mitchell T. MakiKent WongEdward T. ChangLeland T. Saito
Figures, Illustrations, and Photographsp. ix
Boxes and Tablesp. xi
Prefacep. xv
Introduction: Understanding Asian American Politicsp. 1
Part I Historical Forms of Civic Engagement and Protest: Selected United States Supreme Court Cases
Introductionp. 19
Historical Struggles for Equal Protection Rights
1.1 Yick Wo v. Hopkins, 118 U.S. 356 (1886)p. 23
1.2 Korematsu v. United States, 323 U.S. 214 (1944)p. 29
Historical Struggles for Naturalization Rights
1.3 Takao Ozawa v. United States, 260 U.S. 178 (1922)p. 35
1.4 United States v. Bhagat Singh Thind, 261 U.S. 204 (1923)p. 41
Part II The Impact of Immigration Laws on Asian America
Introductionp. 47
2.1 Immigration Act of 1924p. 51
2.2 Making and Remaking Asian Pacific America: Immigration Policyp. 81
Part III The Period of Political Incorporation (1965 to Present)
Introductionp. 89
Political Research and Demographic Trends
3.1 Asian American Politics: An Agenda for Researchp. 93
3.2 Becoming Citizens, Becoming Voters: The Naturalization and Political Participation of Asian Pacific Immigrantsp. 113
The Asian American Movement and Beyond: 1960 to Present
3.3 The 'Four Prisons' and the Movements of Liberation: Asian American Activism from the 1960s to the 1990sp. 135
3.4 Serve the People: An Exploration of the Asian American Movementp. 163
Transnational Politics and Identities
3.5 New Immigrants, New Forms of Transnational Community: Post-1965 Indian Migrationsp. 181
Asian Pacific American Voting Behavior
3.6 Ethnicity and Political Adaptation: Comparing Filipinos, Koreans, and the Vietnamese in Southern Californiap. 193
3.7 Gender and Political Involvement among Chinese Americans in Southern Californiap. 211
Asian Pacific American Non-Voting Behavior
3.8 Beyond "Politics by Other Means"? Empowerment Strategies for Los Angeles' Asian Pacific Communityp. 231
Prospects for Pan-Ethnicity: Coalition or Competition?
3.9 Asian Pacific Americans and the Pan-Ethnic Questionp. 247
Politics, Media, and Racial Profiling
3.10 The Backdoor and the Backlash: Campaign Finance and the Politicization of Chinese Americansp. 261
3.11 Race, Class, Citzenship, and Extraterritoriality: Asian Americans and the 1996 Campaign Finance Scandalp. 281
3.12 Profiling Principle: The Prosecution of Wen Ho Lee and the Defense of Asian Americansp. 297
3.13 Wen Ho Lee and the Consequences of Enduring Asian American Stereotypesp. 303
Elected Leadership
3.14 Campaigns, Elections, and Elected Officialsp. 317
3.15 Transcending the Bamboo and Glass Ceilings: Defining the Trajectory to Empower Asian Pacific Islander American Women in Politicsp. 331
3.16 Remarks at the Tenth Annual Conference of the Committee of 100p. 355
3.17 The One-Hundred Year Journey: From Houseboy to the Governor's Officep. 359
3.18 Remarks at the University of Rochester Annual Meliora Weekendp. 365
3.19 My Story: Being American Means Setting Expectations Highp. 369
Part IV Contemporary Public Policy Issues in the New Millennium
Introductionp. 373
Affirmative Action
4.1 The Affirmative Action Dividep. 377
Japanese American Redress and Reparations
4.2 Japanese American Redress: The Proper Alignment Modelp. 407
Labor Organizing
4.3 Building an Asian Pacific Labor Alliance: A New Chapter in Our Historyp. 421
Urban Riots: A Case Study of the 1992 Los Angeles Uprising
4.4 America's First Multiethnic 'Riots'p. 431
Political Redistricting
4.5 Asian Pacific Americans and Redistricting Challenges in 2001p. 441
Indexp. 451
About the Contributorsp. 469