Asian American political action : suburban transformations /
James S. Lai.
Boulder, Colo. : Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2011.
xiv, 279 p.
1588267245 (cloth : alk. paper), 9781588267245 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Boulder, Colo. : Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2011.
1588267245 (cloth : alk. paper)
9781588267245 (cloth : alk. paper)
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The suburbanization of Asian American politics -- Political mobilization and incorporation : an analytical framework -- From exclusion to inclusion : the four stages of Asian American politics -- Locating contemporary political incorporation : the suburb vs. the metropolis -- Cupertino, California : a pan-ethnic suburb in Silicon Valley -- Garden Grove and Westminster, California : Vietnamese American political incorporation in Orange County's "Little Saigon" -- Gardena, California : two generations of a Japanese American majority city council -- Montgomery County, Maryland : emerging Asian American suburbs in the Washington Beltway -- Sugar Land, Texas : the political awakenings of Asian Americans in a Houston suburb -- Bellevue, Washington : Asian American politics in a Pacific Northwest suburb -- Daly City, California : the barriers to Filipino American political incorporation -- Eau Claire, Wisconsin : the political rise of the Hmong American community -- Fitchburg, Massachusetts : the political incorporation of Asian Americans in a Boston suburb -- Forging ahead : the future political trajectories of Asian Americans.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2011-07-01:
This is a major contribution to scholarship on political incorporation. Lai (Santa Clara University) examines ten medium-to-small cities where Asian American candidates have had varying degrees of electoral success. The greatest success occurs where a critical mass of Asian American voters is augmented by a panethnic or other unifying ideology, and by a supportive network that can include political organizations, activists, and ethnic media. The book details how successful candidates craft campaigns that include ethnic appeals as well as broader ones that attract non-Asian voters. Lai also documents "tipping point" politics, which occurs when white discomfort with Asian American political success triggers an electoral backlash. He argues that the path to Asian American electoral success differs from that of African Americans and Latinos. Because of smaller numbers and a more dispersed population, Asian American candidates do not prosper in the ward-based elections found in the biggest cities, but in at-large contests found in suburban and other municipalities. The focus on cities means that survey data on individual voting behavior are sparse, forcing Lai to speculate about electoral coalitions, but he draws plausible conclusions, supporting them with campaign contribution data. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. A. L. Aoki Augsburg College
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Where are Asian Americans gaining political power in the United States today? And how? Looking beyond traditional conceptions of immigrant political behavior in ¿gateway¿ cities, James Lai comprehensively analyzes how Asian Americans are not only winning elected office, but also sustaining representation, in places as diverse as California, Texas, Wisconsin, and Maryland. Lai¿s multidimensional approach and vivid case studies illustrate both the unique characteristics and the political commonalities of Asian communities throughout the United States: their core populations, civic organizations, political leanings, and specific electoral challenges and successes. The result is a complex portrait of the breadth of Asian American participation in contemporary multiracial politics.

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