The New Asian Immigration in Los Angeles and Global Restructuring

Edited by Edna Bonacich, Lucie Cheng, and Paul Ong
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344 pages
6 x 9
19 tables, 2 figures

How Asian immigration impacts the global economy


The end of 'World War II and the enactment of the Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1965 marked the beginning of a new Asian immigration. The new Asian immigrants—among them higher proportions of women and middle-class professionals, managers, and entrepreneurs—have been profoundly affected and influenced by the restructuring of the global economy, particularly in Pacific Rim industries. This volume focuses on Los Angeles as a critical "world city" in the developing global economy and also as the center of new Asian immigration. Included are discussions of the settlement patterns of various groups of Asians in relation to the social, economic, and political developments in Asia and the United States. At a local level, the contributors examine the garment and health care industries in Los Angeles to explore the role of new Asian immigrants in the city's economy and politics.


"1;A1;n excellent volume that...articulates the connections among global, national, and regional processes, and situates Asian immigration experiences within this nexus." —Contemporary Sociology

Table of Contents


Part I: Introduction
1. The Political Economy of Capitalist Restructuring and the New Asian Immigration – Paul Ong, Edna Bonacich, and Lucie Cheng

Part II: Immigration Patterns
Introduction – Lucie Cheng
2. U.S. Immigration Policies and Asian Migration – Paul Ong and John M. Liu
3. Pacific Rim Development and the Duality of Post-1965 Asian Immigration to the United States – John M. Liu and Lucie Cheng
4. Asian Immigrants in Los Angles: Diversity and Division – Paul Ong and Tania Azores

Part III: Economic Incorporation
Introduction – Paul Ong
5. Asians in the Los Angeles Garment Industry – Edna Bonacich
6. The Migration and Incorporation of Filipino Nurses – Paul Ong and Tania Azores
7. Chinese-Vietnamese Entrepreneurs in California – Steve Gold

Part IV: Political Struggles
Introduction – Yen Espiritu
8. The New Chinese Immigration and the Rise of Asian American Politics in Monterey Park, California – Leland T. Saito and John Horton
9. The Korean-Black Conflict and the State – Paul Ong, Kye Young Part, and Yasmin Tong
10. Class Constraints on Racial Solidarity among Asian Americans – Yen Espiritu and Paul Ong

Conclusion – Edna Bonacich, Paul Ong, and Lucie Cheng
About the Editors and Contributors

About the Author(s)

Paul Ong is Associate Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Edna Bonacich is Professor of Sociology and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Riverside.

Lucie Cheng is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles.


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