ERIC Number: ED248289
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Aug-17
Reference Count: 0
Asian Americans and Pacific Americans: The Dilemma of Inter-Ethnic Relations and the Role of Federal Assistance.
Lee, Douglas W.
This paper results from a research project that investigated the problem of inter-ethnic relations between Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, as they are bound together under the label, "Asian/Pacific Americans" (APA). A basic thesis is that by identifying these two groups with one label, significant cultural and socioeconomic differences are overlooked. This has led to problems in targeting specific populations who may require different types of social services, public involvement, and government aid. Adverse consequences, it is asserted, have been felt most keenly by the Pacific Islanders, who form a "minority within the minority." The inadequacies and malfunctions of the present Asian/Pacific relationship are discussed, and the origins and development of the label behind it are assessed. The role of Federal assistance is probed, as both a factor contributing to the "dilemma," and also as a functional measurement of the inter-ethnic partnership itself. The paper ends with a presentation of the project's list of recommendations, including abolishment of the label and a call for the formation of a national coalition of both groups. (KH)
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office for Intergovernmental and Interagency Affairs (ED), Washington, DC. Office of Asian/Pacific American Concerns.
Authoring Institution: Association for Asian/Pacific American Studies, Seattle, WA.
Note: For related documents, see UD 023 770-771.