ERIC Number: ED166272
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-May-13
Reference Count: N/A
Asians in the Mainstream. Keynote Address.
Low, Harry W.
In order for Asians to progress in American society, they must commit themselves to total participation in the mainstream of the culture while preserving their own special cultural identity. Asian unity in strategies for civil and cultural advancement at the local level must not become clouded by excessive involvement in international politics. With unity, such as that provided by the Northern California Asian Leadership Council to increase interchange among Asian leaders, the influence and impact of Asians will increase. However, Asians must become less politically apathetic and must involve themselves in elections and in such groups as the Chinese for Affirmative Action and the various Asian professional groups. Asians must also join with other minority groups with similar interests to combat poverty, discrimination, urban problems, legislative injustice, and educational and employment inequalities. Asian groups must make sure that strong affirmative action policies are not only adopted, but also put into effect. Law enforcement, educational opportunities and knowledge of the English language are essential to Asian success as are economic conditions. Asians must learn to exploit favorable economic conditions, such as the developing trade in the Pacific Basin. However, successful Asians must be sure not to exploit or oppress other members of Asian communities, but rather, must use their influence to advance the status of all Asians in the United States. (WI)
Descriptors: Asian Americans, Change Strategies, Civil Rights, Community Action, Cultural Background, Economic Opportunities, Ethnicity, Group Unity, Political Attitudes, Social Action, Social Stratification
Not available separately; See UD 018 804
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Henry Luce Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: City Univ. of New York, NY. City Coll. Dept. of Asian Studies.
Note: For related documents, see UD 018 805 and UD 018 807-813