By Uma A. Segal
Even if stereotypically portrayed as educational and financial achievers, Asian americans usually reside in poverty, underserved through human companies, undercompensated within the staff, and topic to discrimination. even if frequently perceived as a unmarried, homogenous team, there are major transformations 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 international locations, their allure 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 through the immigrants and their descendents yet by way of the nation's reaction to their presence.
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However, many experiences are unique to a particular immigrant group and to a speciﬁc individual. Receiving countries need to recognize that migration across their borders will persist as improvements in transportation and reasons for moving continue to emerge. They must educate themselves about the causes and effects of the immigration of particular groups. The framework presented in this chapter can help leaders develop an understanding of the immigration experience and may provide a foundation for the interpretation of the experience of particular immigrant groups within the context of the receiving country’s readiness to accept them.
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. Following the Taiping era of reconstruction, the gentry-elite became active in the revival of Confucian academic education and invested itself in urban and community welfare. Subsequently, beginning in the late 1890s, the rise of nationalism occurred along with the rise of a reformist urban elite that proposed local self-government, constitutionalism, and modernization.
Striking about most of the migrants was how they were stirred by a common discontent, and how they came searching for a new start. . “Poverty hurt,” but hunger and want were not what essentially deﬁned the migrants. . The migrants were unique in a felicitous way: they were the dreamers . . and their dreams inspired them to take risks. —Takaki 1989:66 M otivations for emigration are myriad, and personal choices are rarely clear. No single cause serves as a sufﬁcient impetus for so dramatic a change as leaving one’s homeland, one’s roots, and all that is familiar.