ERIC Number: ED228357
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Psychological and Cultural Aspects of Political Participation of Asian Americans.
Jo, Moon H.
While Asians in the United States continue to experience the discriminatory barriers that other minorities face, the myth that Asian Americans are a well-adjusted model minority has resulted in public neglect of the problems of this group. To a significant extent, the myth arises from the fact that Chinese, Japanese, and other Asian groups have often responded to exclusionary American policies and discriminatory practices with docility, submissiveness, tolerance, concession, and accommodation, rather than with protest, dispute, and obstruction. These responses appear to be rooted in Asian culture, which emphasizes respect for authority, filial piety, and suppression of emotions and physical aggression, as well as in Asian Americans' psychological attitudes, such as their view of themselves as being temporary residents in America, their tendency to withdraw from conflict, and their hopes for eventual integration in American society. Recent trends indicate that efforts are being made to dispel the myth of Asian Americans as a successful minority group and to show that income, employment, and educational inequalities have had negative effects on this population. Asian Americans should participate actively in these efforts and in movements to rectify inequalities and demand their rights in American society. (MJL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Third World Conference (Omaha, NE, October 26, 1979).