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By Jennifer Lee, Min Zhou

Asian American early life covers subject matters corresponding to Asian immigration, acculturation, assimilation, intermarriage, socialization, sexuality, and ethnic id. the prestigious participants convey how Asian American early life have created an identification and area for themselves traditionally and in modern multicultural the United States.

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By contrast, growing up in more racially and ethnically diverse and less affluent neighborhoods, working-class Korean Americans feel closer to other working-class minorities, such as blacks and Latinos, than to middle-class Koreans or Asian Americans. Because their class status is more salient in their daily lives than their ethnic identity, working-class Korean Americans are more open to dating and marrying across racial and ethnic lines. Furthermore, Lee finds that gender matters. The cultural perceptions and negative stereotypes of Asian males affect the partner preferences and dating patterns of both Korean American men and women.

The youth who grew up in this era had few social, educational, or occupational options beyond the walls of the ethnic enclave and were barred from full participation in American life. Consequently, some Asian American youth turned Introduction • 17 their attention overseas to their parents’ ancestral homeland for opportunities that were denied to them in the United States. For example, frustrated by their limited mobility options in America, native-born Chinese youth in the 1930s promoted the “Go West to China” movement to seek better opportunities in their ancestral homeland.

In doing so, they negotiate between “American” and “Asian” traits, which often results in an “emergent culture of hybridity” that mixes elements of both worlds. By carving out a space and culture of their own through “grass roots cultural production” (Bielby, 2004), Asian American youth have been able to adopt an identity apart from the restraints imposed by the roles and expectations of the family, the ethnic community, work, and school. Consequently, this culture offers young Asian Americans a collective identity—a reference group from which they can develop an individual identity (Brake, 1985).

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