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p. 1165. Imperialism, immigration, and capitalismlocked

  • Madeline Y. Hsu


“Imperialism, immigration, and capitalism” considers the Southeast Asians who entered the United States between 1975 and 1994, mostly as refugees resulting from theVietnam War. It goes on to review the “model minorities”—the Asians whose outstanding educational and economic performance exceeds that of native-born whites. Greater integration, however, has not protected Asian Americans from continued racialization as foreigners, and struggles for greater equality and acceptance continued long after legal discriminations had been lifted. The threat of Asian immigrants has largely dissipated because immigration laws and bureaucracy maintain their numbers at acceptable levels, and those who immigrate mostly convey sufficient economic or political advantages for Americans to feel their admission and settlement are justifiable.

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