From Urban Enclave to Ethnic Suburb: New Asian Communities in Pacific Rim Countries
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288pp. April 2006
From Urban Enclave to Ethnic Suburb: New Asian Communities in Pacific Rim Countries
Editor: Li, Wei;
From Urban Enclave to Ethnic Suburb focuses on the migration, settlement, and adaptation of Chinese and other Asian immigrants and their impacts on the transformation of metropolitan areas in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. These stories of the interactivity of Asian "people and place" in four nation-states are framed within the larger context of spatial and social patterns, migration, acculturation/assimilation, and racialization theories, and emerging landscapes in the inner cities and suburbs of metropolitan areas like Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Toronto, Vancouver, Sydney, and Auckland. The book's primary arguments center on revisioning traditional "assimilationist" models of the Chicago School with the context of today's evolving metropolis. Other key elements include immigrant and refugee policies, new theories of ethnic settlement, and urban and suburban immigrant landscape forms.

Nine chapters document the experiences of Asian immigrants and refugees--rich and poor, old and new. Their communities vary from no identifiable residential cluster (Vietnamese in Northern Virginia) to multiple residential and business clusters in both inner city and suburbs (Koreans in Los Angeles, Chinese in Toronto) to the largest suburban Chinese residential and business concentration (the San Gabriel Valley of suburban Los Angeles) and the "high-tech Mecca" of the U.S., if not the world (Silicon Valley), whose growth has been inseparable from workers, professionals, and entrepreneurs of Asian descents who are often local residents as well.

Rich in detail and broad in scope, From Urban Enclave to Ethnic Suburb is the first book to focus exclusively on the Asian immigrant communities in multiethnic suburbs. It effectively demonstrates the complexity of contemporary Asian immigrant and refugee groups and the strength of their communities across the Pacific Rim. It will be welcomed by a wide range of readers with interests in Asian American studies, urban geography, the Chinese diaspora, immigration, and transnationalism.

Contributors: Richard Bedford, Kevin Dunn, David W. Edgington, Michael A. Goldberg, Elsie Ho, Thomas A. Hutton, Hans Dieter Laux, Wei Li, Lucia Lo, John R. Logan, Edward J. W. Park, Suzannah Roberts, Christopher J. Smith, Günter Thieme, Joseph S. Wood.

"A well-integrated collection of empirical case studies under the encompassing theme of the ‘ethnoburb.’ Each chapter is written by seasoned scholars and thus provides rich descriptions and analysis that can attract readers’ attention. In addition, this is the first endeavor that focuses exclusively on the Asian immigrant communities in multiethnic suburbs under a globalizing context. Geographers, urban sociologists, and suburban policy makers who are interested in immigrant incorporation issues will find insights and lessons from this impressive volume." —Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie (Journal of Economic and Social Geography) (2007)
Editor: Li, Wei;
Wei Li is associate professor in the Asian Pacific American Studies Program and affiliated with the Department of Geography, the Women's and Gender Studies Program, the School of Justice and Social Inquiry, and the Center for Asian Studies, Arizona State University.
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