Emerging Monoculture Assimilation and the "Model Minority"

ISBN-10: 0275973123
ISBN-13: 9780275973124
Edition: 2003
Authors: Eric Kramer
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List price: $96.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
Publication date: 2/28/2003
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Kramer brings together experts from a variety of "minority" backgrounds and from around the world to give their perspectives on the most pervasive ideology today, globalism. The basic premise is that a "developed" country is different from a "developed" community. They need not be mutually exclusive, but neither is it assumed that they are necessarily consonant. The various essays offer answers to such vital questions as "What does it mean to become a 'global citizen'?" and "What does it mean to be a 'model minority' in a global economy?" The process of becoming a "mainstream person" involves being first marginalized with the implication that something is inadequate about one's self. The process of assimilationism is manifested as various forms of enforced and/or rewarded acculturation. With the vast human migration currently underway, the notion of assimilation has become a global phenomenon. What is occurring, Kramer and his colleagues demonstrate, is a worldwide shift from the village milieu to the city lifestyle. This migration is seen as a polycentric and global phenomenon whereby the "promised land" is nowhere in particular, but, instead, a way of life and mindset, an urban lifestyle. This process is far more than a simple change in geography. Moving from the village to the cityscape involves a mutation in worldview and self-identity. Additional questions asked throughout the collection are "What set of persuasive assumptions are leading the world in this direction?" and "What might be lost in the process?" A provocative collection for scholars, students, and other researchers involved with development studies, multiculturalism, and urbanization.

Introduction: Assimilation and the Model Minority Ideology
The Hidden Justification for Assimilation, Multiculturalism, and the Prospects for Democracy
Adopting the Caucasian "Look": Reorganizing the Minority Face
The Violence of Assimilation and Psychological Well-Being
The Ainu: A Discourse on Being Japanese
Headache and Heartbreak: The Elusiveness of "Model Minority" Status Attainment for African Americans
A Communication Dilemma Between the Non-Disabled and People with Disabilities in Japan
Successful Indians: Benevolent Assimilation and Indian Identity
Abandoned People in Japan: The First Generation of Koreans in Japan
Demythologizing the "Model Minority"
Indians and the Model Minority Narrative: A Neocolonial System
Kramer Cosmopoly: Occidentalism and the New World Order
Bibliography
Name Index
Subject Index

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