The New Chinese America: Class, Economy, and Social Hierarchy by Xiaojian ZhaoThe New Chinese America: Class, Economy, and Social Hierarchy by Xiaojian Zhao

The New Chinese America: Class, Economy, and Social Hierarchy

byXiaojian Zhao

Paperback | January 19, 2010

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The 1965 Immigration Act altered the lives and outlook of Chinese Americans in fundamental ways. The New Chinese America explores the historical, economic, and social foundations of the Chinese American community, in order to reveal the emergence of a new social hierarchy after 1965.

In this detailed and comprehensive study of contemporary Chinese America, Xiaojian Zhao uses class analysis to illuminate the difficulties of everyday survival for poor and undocumented immigrants and analyzes the process through which social mobility occurs. Through ethnic ties, Chinese Americans have built an economy of their own in which entrepreneurs can maintain a competitive edge given their access to low-cost labor; workers who are shut out of the mainstream job market can find work and make a living; and consumers can enjoy high quality services at a great bargain. While the growth of the ethnic economy enhances ethnic bonds by increasing mutual dependencies among different groups of Chinese Americans, it also determines the limits of possibility for various individuals depending on their socioeconomic and immigration status.

Title:The New Chinese America: Class, Economy, and Social HierarchyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:204 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:January 19, 2010Publisher:Rutgers University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0813546923

ISBN - 13:9780813546926


Editorial Reviews

"Zhao's book provides the most detailed and relatively comprehensive look that we have of the ways in which Chinese America works and aspires."
Roger Daniels, Charles Phelps Taft Professor Emeritus of History, University of Cincinnati