December 14, 2004
Written by C.N.
In the conventional academic literature, these two terms (transnationalism and assimilation) are usually considered close to being opposites to each other, at least as applied to Asian Americans. How can you live in two separate cultures and societies and be considered completely integrated in either one of them?
However, Asian Americans have always had ways to transcend conventional barriers, whether they were legal, economic, or in this case, cultural. As an example, the San Jose Mercury News has an excellent collection of articles entitled Asian Impact, which looks at how different Asian Americans living in the California Bay area (which has apparently replaced New York City as the most prominent Asian American metropolis in the U.S.) bridge the gap between Asia and Asian America.
Very interesting and informative stuff and definitely worth checking out.
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Suggested reference: Le, C.N. . "Transnational Assimilation" Asian-Nation: The Landscape of Asian America. <http://www.asian-nation.org/headlines/2004/12/transnational-assimilation/> ().
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