Asian American Assimilation: Ethnicity, Immigration, and Socioeconomic Attainment

Asian American Assimilation: Ethnicity, Immigration, and Socioeconomic Attainment
C. N. Le
June 2007

ISBN-13:  978-1-59332-175-8 / Hardcover
Dimensions:  5.5 x 8.5 / viii, 250 pages

Price   $65.00

"A very interesting and rigorous study... Recommended. Graduate students and researchers/faculty." -- Choice

"noteworthy... highly recommended for serious scholars... a basis for future research." -- Coontemporary Sociology


Most people think that assimilation involves just behavior -- how a newcomer acquires the norms and values of the majority society. But as society becomes increasingly diverse, globalized, and transnational, we need to rethink how newcomer groups assimilate into the American mainstream. Le broadens the idea of assimilation to include socioeconomic and institutional examples of integration by analyzing outcomes such as income, occupational prestige, small business ownership, residential segregation, and intermarriage for five Asian American groups, with an emphasis on Vietnamese. The results show that most Vietnamese Americans experience little disadvantage or inequality compared to other Asian Americans (and many times with Whites) when it comes to achieving structural integration. Le hypothesizes that Vietnamese have been able to overcome challenges in a relatively short amount of time by using collective resources and maintaining ethnic solidarity to weave together a pattern of achievement and mobility combined with tradition and cohesion.

About the Author

C.N. Le is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Sociology Department at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Director of the UMass Amherst Asian & Asian American Studies Certificate Program. He received his BA from UC Irvine and his Ph.D. in Sociology at the University at Albany, SUNY. His research interests include race/ethnicity, immigration, and assimilation among Asian Americans.