Durability of Ethnic Boundaries in the Pre-1968 Era Discussion

Chapter Two: Beginnings: The Durability of Ethnic Boundaries in the Pre-1968 Era by Dina Okamoto

1.) The author describes that Asian immigrants (Chinese, Japanese, Koreans) all went through a pattern of labor demand, immigrant supply, economic threat and eventual exclusion, explain how this pattern happened to ONE of the following immigrant groups: The Chinese, The Japanese or The Koreans. (Page 28- 31).
2.) In the early 1900s up until 1968, did the Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, etc see themselves as having similar struggles? How did competition for work severe ties between these groups? Furthermore, what role did their home countries play in their strained relationships?
3.) What world events and local movements resulted in the Chinese, Japanese, Koreans as seeing themselves as Asian American?

Chapter Three: The Emergence of Organizational Panethnicity
1. What two events occurred that help bring together diverse Asian ethnic groups? (59)
2. Briefly explain the segregation model and competition model on why pan-ethnic identities emerge among Asian Americans? (64-65)
3. What are some of the key factors that shape the likelihood of Asian Americans developing pan-ethnic organizations? (82-84)


Students will write a solid paragraph, 5-10 sentences, on the assigned readings.