A framework for immigration: Asians in the United States by Uma A. Segal

By Uma A. Segal

Even though stereotypically portrayed as educational and monetary achievers, Asian american citizens usually reside in poverty, underserved by means of human providers, undercompensated within the group, and topic to discrimination. even though usually perceived as a unmarried, homogenous crew, there are major ameliorations 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 historical past of public attitudes and coverage towards them. Segal observes that the profile of the Asian American is formed not just by way of the immigrants and their descendents yet via the nation's reaction to their presence.

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Thus, to place Asian immigration to the United States in context, it may be useful to review the events and the climate in the country of emigration during particular immigration waves. As historians underscore, a significant connection often exists between the past and the present (Nehru 1946). c. Through the centuries, a distinctly Chinese civilization emerged with a unique philosophy, language, writing, and art, and it has persisted to the present. China long viewed itself as the center of the universe, calling itself Zhongguo, or the Middle Kingdom, and it saw little threat from surrounding societies that it perceived as being barbaric.

Immigrants and refugees may be unlikely to utilize preventive health care, such as vaccination against disease or annual medical checkups; they may, in fact, not seek medical attention until an illness has progressed to dangerous levels. The literature also suggests that many refugees are subject to psychosomatic ailments, though mental illness is not acceptable in many parts of the world; many suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder but receive little intervention. Not only must health and mental health services be sensitive to the unique needs of immigrants, but they must also develop educational programs to emphasize the importance of health care.

Such evaluations can help to ensure that programs are modified to achieve a mutually satisfactory adjustment for both the immigrant group and the host country. i-468/QXD 5/31/02 9:53 AM Page 38 2 Pre-1965 Emigration: Leaving the Homeland for the United States What was . . 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 .

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