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Where White means Mediocre: High-Skilled Asian Immigrant Enclaves

Where White means Mediocre:  High-Skilled Asian Immigrant Enclaves | Taiwanese-American based Cultural Organizations and Professionals in the U.S | Scoop.it
“Are you taking AP [Advanced Placement] courses?” “Oh no, I’m white.” - Conversation overhead by a teacher in Cupertino. Stanford sociologist Tomás Jiménez has been studying immigrants and the communities they live in, and he recently published what he found in Cupertino – the home of Apple Computer, good schools, and Asian American students that scare white families out of that city.  Rather than doing studies of immigrant assimilation, he decided to study the opposite [...] Continue »
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Historically, a “model minority” can meet or even exceed the standard-setters but there is no effect to the standard-setters because the relevant comparison is between Asians and other minorities.


I feel like [teachers] had a little more leeway for the non-Asian because..maybe because they need to pass the class or something, I don’t know.  But what I feel is the general consensus is that we just maybe assume – which is negative and that’s bad – but like that [white students] may not be as smart as the Asian kids.

This seems like more than just “white” standing for mediocre – by giving white students more slack and passing them anyway, it seems that despite this new stereotype, some notions of privilege don’t go away.


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"Me + You" -- Feature film set in Brazil

An American girl travels to Brazil and falls in love with a drugdealer from the favelas.
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Another possible solution/ attempt at ending Workplace racism against asian americans. Being able to step out of line and into the dominant culture. This is not to loose ourselves in their culture but to take our own palce in the dominant culture. It's a perspective of racism is prolonged by the fear to step out of line or simply follow the molding of the dominant culture. Kind of like "create your own world". 

 

This also points to some more problems. Her film was comparably on a much smaller scale as more famous films. The website she raised her money was a make it or nothing kind of deal. Her co-producers/partners are also people with similar minds and goals. Hard to find! However, this is a start and needs a lot of support.

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working-with-mainstream-organizations.pdf

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Basically the Same as Mainstream--> Ethnic Organizations

 

Sharing the resources within the larger umbrella resources of the larger mainstream organizations. A lot of reliance. Seems to be a one-sided partnership

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ms-forming-partnerships-with-ethno-cultural-groups.pdf

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Why Mainstream Organizations should partner with Cultural Organizations

 

Cultural organizations tend to have a deeper understanding of a particular local community, making them able to fit more to the needs of the people. So they could have a joint partnership, and also funders are now looking for specifically at joint proposals between a smaller cultural organization and a large mainstream one. They should also share tangible resources like space and interllectual resources like management.

 

I'm unsure why it seems to be catered so much to the smaller cultural organization. However, there is a second document encouraging smaller organizations to partner with mainstream ones. I could compare and pair the two.

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Asian-American History | Infoplease.com

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History of Asian American Immigration

 

When did Asian Americans first immigrated to the US?

-Chinese were the first Asians to arrive in large numbers, in NYC and Hawaii

 

When gold was discovered in California in 1848, many Chinese miners and contract laborers were attracted. In 1850, 1,000 immigrants and in 1960 37,000. Mostly Chinese

Transcontinental Railroad in 1965. Burlingame Treaty, which facilitated Chinese Imigration

 

65,000 in 1870 and over 107,000 in 1880. People began to feel overwhelmed and cities started to pass laws against Chinese and other Asians, referred as "Mongolian"

----Is this the start of pan Asianism?----

 

McCarran Walter Act of 1952 eliminated race as a barrier to immigration and 1965, national quotas were demolished.

 

Although there was an huge influx in Asian Americans, it was still much less than those from Enurope, Latin America, and North America. 

 

 

Questions/To look for:

What caused the change of attitude surrounding AA during and after the golden rush in late 1800s? How did the attitude formed restriction on AA immigration? Later, how does it connect to modern say substream communities?

Burlingame TreatyCensus Data for Immigrants in 20th centuries.
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Characteristics of Hispanic Adults and Asian-American Adults, 2012

Characteristics of Hispanic Adults and Asian-American Adults, 2012 | Taiwanese-American based Cultural Organizations and Professionals in the U.S | Scoop.it
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Straightforward stats for citizenship, country of birth, educational attainment, and household median income.

 

Very general, I know that the median income may be more complicated as AA tend to have family businesses and have a different working ethnics than the typical "American workers"

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Are people in the US more tolerant of mediocrity than people in Asian countries?

Are people in the US more tolerant of mediocrity than people in Asian countries? | Taiwanese-American based Cultural Organizations and Professionals in the U.S | Scoop.it
Answer (1 of 5): A few nights ago there was a documentary on TV about migrant workers in China, who leave their destitute rural communities by the millions to work in factory cities like Zhuhai in Guangdong. These workers don't get paid much, and they all live in tiny apartments, sending most of ...
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More on Asian Mediocracy-Specifically Recent Chinese Immigrants

 

There are sayings in China, ping ping ain ain. Being safe. it's about earning just enough or more than before to settle. It is somewhat a cultural value and less about the racism against them in the States. 

 

At the same time however, this cultural difference has become a huge barrier in Asian's potential success in their careers. (Of course not necessarily all the same as explained by Kevin Chang in an interview ) 

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Josh Philip Ross: The bamboo elevator

Josh Philip Ross: The bamboo elevator | Taiwanese-American based Cultural Organizations and Professionals in the U.S | Scoop.it
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Asian American: Bamboo Elevator  Counterargument  I think the idea is very incomplete. The tone of the blog post seems to focus on putting the responsibility in recognizing "arbitrary differences." Let's just say, yes maybe there is a "bamboo elevator," but let's not forget the "white elevator" in the process of thinking about how different minorities may also have privileges. Basically, when recognizing minorities' privilege, be careful to not disregard the dominant presences and their privileges in the first place.
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US census shows Taiwanese figures almost doubled - Taipei Times

US census shows Taiwanese figures almost doubled - Taipei Times | Taiwanese-American based Cultural Organizations and Professionals in the U.S | Scoop.it
The latest US census shows that in the past year more than 230,000 people across the US identified themselves as Taiwanese or of Taiwanese descent, an increase from 145,000 people in the 2000 census.
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Why Does It Matter?

 

Taiwanese Americans have been misrepresented/underrepresented in the US census. In 2000, there were only 145,000 people checking other Asian "Taiwanese", even though researches projected about 1 million!

 

Why does this matter? The number on the census data affects the US funding and recognition of this ethnicity...etc. Taiwanese Americans live in all 50 States, even in Puerto Rico. Being substreamed in being recognized in the States as a separate stream inhibit 5c nonprofit organizations to have to share funding with the general Asian American pool.

 

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What do census actually do for us?

What's the relationship between nonprofits and the number on the census data.

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Inaction, Mediocrity, and the Asian American Man

Inaction, Mediocrity, and the Asian American Man | Taiwanese-American based Cultural Organizations and Professionals in the U.S | Scoop.it
My name is William, and I'm an Asian American Man. I was once satisfied with mediocrity and inaction. I was once satisfied with living a life of mediocrity, and I once made excuses upon excuses to ...
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Personal Blog Analysis and Comparison: Asian Mediocrity

 

Possible reflection

 

Although this is a blog about why William doesn't ask out females and is also an advertisement for ABCs of Attraction, it shows difference in cultural value of success in Asian Americans. Or maybe I'm also generalizing. 

 

"The nail that stands out gets hammered down" - Japanese value

 

Different from the western values of 

"The squeaky wheel gets the oil"

 

Instead of being aggressive with asking, some Asian Americans settle for what they already have.

 

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Asian American | State of the Media

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Asian American Media in the Asian American Community

 

The article discuss about Asian American media in comparision to English media. I want to use this as a potential reflection of an Asian American based organization.  


Although the Asian American community has become one of the biggest buying power in the United States, Asian American media are struggling to keep their audiences and advertisers.

  The diversity in Asian American Language.

    " 90% are from 6 different countries: China, India, the Philippines, Vietnam, Korea, and Japan"


Although Asian American has become a big part of the buying power, the audience pool is still considerably small comparing to other media sources, especially when each of them are divided into their own native language. A Pan Asian newsletter "AsianWeek" closed for the lack of audiences and advertisers. Ted Fang, the editor, said that it'd be doing more "community work". I assume that it's more local and smaller scale. Also, they're still publishing online; that's another dynamic, but idk if it relates to cultural organization.


However, there has been mixed of native and English media showing promises. For the next step, I can explore the mixed language media and maybe discover something.


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The closest to a common language is English, even though not everyone has a proficient master of it. (Idea connecting from another post)

Countering Point: in 2000 census 80% AA report to speak English very well and 21% only speak English

 

78% say they consume in both native language and English 12 only native

 

“Advertisers have to realize that advertising in ethnic media should not be a one-time thing or a diversity initiative,” said Leslie Yngojo-Bowes of USAsian Wire, an online service that distributes press releases to Asian-American media outlets"

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The Rise of Asian Americans

The Rise of Asian Americans | Taiwanese-American based Cultural Organizations and Professionals in the U.S | Scoop.it
Asian Americans are more satisfied than the general public with their lives, finances and the direction of the country, according to a comprehensive new nationwide survey by the Pew Research Center.
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Variation within the Pan "Asian American" Label, Statistics of Asian Americans' Identityy surrounding Their Nationality, Success, and Language. 

 

(Revisit for stats)

 

The article provides background information of how Asian Americans (AA) are doing in the United States.

 

Generally AA feel more upward mobile in comparison to the general U.S population. However, there are distinct variation in the ethnicities. Filipino and Japanese Americans showed to feel less upward mobile. Quite interestingly, the two groups identify themselves more as just American than the other groups.

 

Majority of the AA does not identify themselves with the pan Asian American term, but with their ancestrial origin. This shows me that not only are there a diverse Asian population, but that the people do not feel as connected to their other AA groups. With this information, I may have to reconsider the premise of my research question. Should I limit to Taiwanese Americans. To even further complicate, I could also explore the ties between Taiwanese Americans and Chinese Americans.

 

Important Stats:

Education+Assimilation

With college degree 36 out of 100 say that they converse less than very well

With less than a college degress, 68 out of 100 say that they converse less than very well.

 

US born AA speak the Language of Ancestors 

Very well 14

Pretty well 19

Just a little 32

Not at all 34

 

General foreign born for english

49 % proficient

US born for ancestrial language

14% proficient

 

These statistics will be useful in providing backgrounds on the 'problems' that cultural organizations are working against. Since the standards for the survey are qualitative and based on personal statndard of the surveyee, I'd have to take these stats loosely and speak with cultural organizations and see their outlook on similar issues.

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