By Jennifer Lee, Min Zhou
Asian American adolescence covers themes reminiscent of Asian immigration, acculturation, assimilation, intermarriage, socialization, sexuality, and ethnic identity. the celebrated members exhibit how Asian American formative years have created an id and area for themselves traditionally and in modern multicultural the US.
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Introduction • 19 Invisibility Yet another way in which Asian American youth confront the consequences of racialization is with invisibility, or the lack of public/media exposure. While all American youth are marginalized in society, they are nevertheless highly visible in mainstream American culture. Stereotypical or not, images of white and black youth permeate the media—from high culture on television, ﬁlm, theater, music, dance, and fashion, to low culture on the street. However, images of Asian American youth are virtually absent, and perceptibly so.
Although the Hart-Celler Act has had a signiﬁcant impact on Asian American population growth, other factors such as global economic restructuring, rapid economic development in Asia, and the failed Vietnam War have been among the most important in fueling Asian immigration into the United States (Cheng and Yang, 1996). As a result, the share of contemporary immigrants from Asia as a proportion of the total immigrant population soared from 5 percent in the 1950s to 11 percent in the 1960s to more than one-third of all arrivals since the 1970s.
It is a vastly diverse ethnic community consisting of people whose ancestors, or who themselves, were born in more than 20 Asian countries. Until World War II, immigration from Asia had originated primarily from China, Japan, and the Philippines, with a much smaller number from Korea and India. Even as late as 1970, the Asian American community was largely composed of three ethnic groups— Japanese (41 percent), Chinese (30 percent), and Filipino (24 percent). 1). A series of anti-Asian exclusion laws—particularly the Chinese Exclusion Act and the laws that excluded immigrants from the “barred zone” (known as the Asian-Paciﬁc triangle), as well as the national origins quota system established in the National Origins Act of 1924—severely distorted natural population growth and community development.
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