Asian American Issues: A Reference Handbook

The Asian American population is now one of the fastest growing populations in the United States. Today's Asian American population--currently more than 15 million, or about 5 percent of the total population--had only reached 1 million individuals in 1965. While Asian Americans are generally regarded as having achieved great success, this diverse community still continues to face significant issues in education, economic well-being, and political power. This book presents a balance of historical, sociological, cultural, and biographical perspectives that illuminate the diversity within the Asian American experience and the challenges facing the community. Covering the Asian American experience from the mid-1800s to the present, this handbook presents historical background, addresses specific problems and controversies, contains biographies of pioneering and prominent Asian Americans, and provides resources for education reform that are inclusive of the Asian American experience.