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Andrew Brennan The Chinese Ethnic Group Introduction The ethnic group that I have selected to discuss in this term paper is that of the Chinese In this paper I will present information on the Asian American identity Chinese immigration and geographical concentration as well as population growth and other aspect all in the hope to explain the Chinese diverse and growing presence here in the United States Asian American Identity The Asian American population is booming Between 1980 and 1990 their numbers doubled and will most likely double again by 2010Lee 1998 In 1997 there was an estimated 93 million Asians in America accounting for 4 of the total US population but their influence in American society is boosted by the fact that the majority of them live in only 4 states Lee 1998 Their population growth and ethnic diversifications are changing the meaning of Asian American To most Americans Asian mean Chinese or Japanese but in fact the term encompasses far more people such as Koreans Filipinos Asian Indians and Vietnamese and each of these groups is distinguished from the others by its language religion food dress customs and history The Asian American Minority status is an important aspect of their evolving identity Asian Americans are a racial minority in the United States because of their physical characteristics as well as ethnic origins however their high average educational attainment occupational status and household incomes put them ahead of the other minorities here in the US but also appear to negate the idea that they are still a disadvantaged minority The history of Asians here in the US is similar to that of other minorities in that it is marked with prejudice and discriminationsLee 1998 and to illustrate this we will now look at their immigration and their slow acceptance into the United States has brought this about Immigration and Settlement Before 1965 The earliest Chinese immigrants were mostly men who
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