By Uma A. Segal
Even if stereotypically portrayed as educational and fiscal achievers, Asian americans usually reside in poverty, underserved through human prone, undercompensated within the crew, and topic to discrimination. even if frequently perceived as a unmarried, homogenous team, there are major transformations among Asian American cultures that impact their event. Segal, an Asian American immigrant herself, analyzes Asian immigration to the united states, together with immigrants' purposes for leaving their international locations, their charm to the united states, the problems they face in modern U.S. society, and the background of public attitudes and coverage towards them. Segal observes that the profile of the Asian American is formed not just by means of the immigrants and their descendents yet via the nation's reaction to their presence.
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Honest acceptance of immigrants must include acknowledgment of the value of difference and multiculturalism, including tolerance of immigrants’ difﬁculty in mastering the native language, acceptance of differing cultural values and activities, and recognition that skin color does not reﬂect an individual’s worth. Thus the receiving country’s readiness for immigrants in general, or speciﬁc immigrant groups in particular, can be evidenced at several levels— governmental, societal, and individual.
The impact of immigrants on natives’ economic options depends on the current business needs in the country and whether the natives have the skills and interest to meet those needs. It is also true that for other reasons employers may consider some immigrant groups who have particular skills to be more attractive as employees than indigenous people. Perhaps the immigrants are willing to work for lower wages, or they exhibit desirable cultural and social characteristics, such as a strong work ethic, or they have fewer social and familial ties in the host country and thus are more available for work.
I-468/QXD 28 5/31/02 9:51 AM Page 28 A FRAMEWORK FOR THE IMMIGRATION EXPERIENCE their ability to cope with the transition. To understand the process of transition, both sets of variables—the strengths of the immigrants and the readiness of the receiving country—must be explored, as must their interaction. ADJUSTMENT TO RECEIVING COUNTRY The range of material on the adjustment of immigrants to a new country is immense. At issue is economic, psychosocial, and cultural adjustment, and many theories have developed surrounding involvement of foreigners in the cultures of indigenous people.