Asian American And Asian Americans

964 Words Oct 4th, 2015 4 Pages
Many Asian Americans take great pride in a strong work ethic and an equally strong value system in terms of educational achievement. This cultural legacy stems from a long tradition of Asians coming into America as immigrants since the 19th century. During this time, there are third and fourth generation Asian Americans that have adopted the principles of a quality education and strong work ethic as part of being of Asian descent in a primarily white Anglo-American population. Culturally, many Asians have adopted American ways of life, but the legacy of a Chinese work ethic and educational background are a major part of how they perceive success in then U.S. In many ways, the theoretical concept of the “model minority stereotype” had developed as a way to define the overt focus on education and high levels of work ethic performance as a way of life for Asian Americans now living in America. (128)This history of Asian-American education in the United States stems from the issue of immigrant alienation that many Asians, such as the Chinese, endured due to white Anglo-American xenophobia. In American history, the building of the railroads defines the massive influx of Chinese labor, which caused labor disputes with Anglo-American “nativist” workers in the late 19th century. Due to the massive influx of Chinese labor, the U.S. government eventually led to the restriction of immigration through the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, which was continually renewed well into the 20th…
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