Although severely regulated in the 19th century, the emigration of Asian peoples to America has proven to be culturally and socially significant. The diversity of Asian immigrants—a group that includes Koreans, Japanese, Vietnamese, Chinese, Filipinos, and others—has prevented any single, unified Asian identity from dominating the Asian-American community. Indeed, this characteristic has served to encourage a multicultural perspective within the community and strengthened each ethnic group's reliance on the family unit as a means of defining cultural identity.
The Asian Americans focuses on the social history, customs, and traditions of Asian Americans across U.S. history. Black-and-white photographs and illustrations, box features, and further reading lists are scattered throughout this user-friendly resource.