Asian American Population:
Represents almost 6% of the U.S. population.
46% increase from 2000 to 2010, fastest-growing group.
Settlement and Impact:
Settling in immigrant-welcoming places like NYC, SF, LA.
Changing the face of America, but history not well-known.
Millions sought new lives for work, opportunity, and freedom.
Contributed to the U.S. as a "nation of immigrants."
Diversity Within Asian America:
24 distinct groups (Chinese, Japanese, South Asians, etc.).
Varied immigration, generational status, class, religion, gender.
Connection to World History:
Asia-Americas connection through colonization and global trade.
Asian American journeys part of global history patterns.
Asian American History and Immigration:
Tied to U.S. presence in Asia.
Economic lifeline for families on both sides of the Pacific.
History of racism and discrimination.
Treated as foreigners tied to Asia, not loyal Americans.
Gender and Class Dimensions:
Discrimination against Asian immigrant women.
Class and education impact treatment.
Race Relations in the U.S.:
Lump diverse Asians into one group, treated as foreigners.
Navigating positions between black and white, foreign and American.
Persistence of seeing Asian Americans as outsiders.
Labels like "model minorities," challenges to full equality.