16 September 2015

Asians in America

For the week of September 20, 2015

Erika Lee, Director of the Immigration History Research Center and the Rudolph J. Vecoli Chair in Immigration History at the University of Minnesota, discusses her new book “The Making of Asian America: A History.”

  • Part 1

    Part 1
    (1:15) The definition of a “model minority” and how that stereotype became associated with Asian Americans; (3:03) The data behind the model minority stereotype; (4:49) The number of countries and cultures under the umbrella of the Asian American label; (6:22) Placing Asian Americans into one category overlooks the diversity of cultures and histories of immigrant groups; (9:19) The poverty rate among the Hmong in the US; (11:02) Poverty in Asian American communities is often ignored because of the model minority myth; (11:50) How Minnesota is addressing poverty in the Hmong community
  • Part 2

    Part 2
    (:20) How adoption has played a role in shaping the identity of Asian Americans; (2:43) The 50th anniversary of the Immigration Act of 1965 and how the immigration reform specifically affected Asians; (5:45) China has replaced Mexico as the top country of origin of immigrants in the US but the conversation on immigration still centers on Mexico; (7:20) American anxieties on China’s emergence as an economic superpower; (9:30) The projection of a majority-minority US in 2044