Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States


Herbert Barringer, Robert W. Gardner, and Michael J. Levin

The Population of the United States in the 1980s


New York: Russell Sage Foundation

Available From: CUP Services
Publication Date: 1993; first paperback 1995
ISBN: 0-87154-096-7
Binding: paper
Pages: xx, 371


Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States examines the most rapidly growing and quickly changing minority group in the United States. Once a small population, this group is now recognized by official census counts and by society as a diverse people, comprised of Japanese, Chinese, Koreans, Filipinos, Hawaiians, Samoans, and many other heritages. Though Asians are often seen as a single and successful "model minority," they are in fact a complex and multi-dimensional people still struggling in the pursuit of the American dream.

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"…a major addition to the literature on recent immigration. The book is lucidly written by three demographers eager to convey their findings and analyses to general readers as well as to fellow professionals. It provides easily accessible information and useful commentary, making it an excellent resource for anyone interested in those groups now lumped together under a single Census Bureau rubric."


"This is a demographer's delight…The major question addressed in this book is: How well are the new Asian immigrants adapting to American society? Barringer, Gardner, and Levin cogently argue and convincingly demonstrate that the response to the question is much more complex than suggested by articles in the popular press…an important book and highly recommended."

Contemporary Sociology

"For the real scoop on the state of Asian America, turn to the Russell Sage Foundation's excellent Asians and Pacific Islanders of the United States. The best demographic overview, it makes a strong case for Asian-American success without overlooking genuine problems."