chapter  11
Asian Immigrants and U.S. Foreign Policy
WithMyron Weiner
Pages 22

Asian Americans are likely to be thrust into having views on US foreign policy simply by virtue of the deepening US involvement in Asia. By virtue of their income and education and the new communication technologies, Asian Americans remain in closer touch with developments "at home" than did the earlier generation of European migrants. Asian American parents, eager to create a Chinese, Indian, or Korean identity among their children, can do so even when they do not live in ethnic neighborhoods. Asian governments send dance, acrobatic, and musical troupes to the United States to reassert their links to immigrant communities—not simply to improve cultural relations with the United States. Inside the Chinatowns is a thriving Chinese community, one with its own benevolent associations, secret societies, a tradition of cultural exclusiveness, a powerful business community, and a largely uneducated and often illiterate population.