Asian Immigration And Asian Immigrants

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Asian immigrants have faced many obstacles transitioning to life in America. One major obstacle Asian immigrants came face to face with was receiving an education. Asians are known to place high value on learning and education, but many things stood in their way and hindered them from even receiving an education. Between Asian immigrants and Americans lie a language barrier, which is often seen as a set back. An example of this is Lac Su since he had to serve as a translator for his parents, which in turn affected his school work. He was forced to learn American culture and English at a faster rate than his parents because they were busy with their own responsibilities to the family. Another obstacle Asian Americans faced receiving an education was separate classrooms and segregated schools, as seen in the Tape v. Hurley case. The case followed the discrimination eight-year old Mamie Tape faced as she was denied admission to Spring Valley School on that grounds that she was of Chinese race. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of Tape, however the Francisco Board of Education took it upon themselves to establish a separate school system specifically for Oriental children. Racially segregated schools deeply influence the student’s performance. Asian American children are taught different material and in a different style than their counterparts. These and many more obstacles impeded Asian Americans from receiving an education that they were entitled to.
Freedom Schools first began during the Civil Rights Movement with African American students, for the betterment of black children, but in some sense Asians jumped on the bandwagon and benefitted from the formation of these Freedom Schools as well. Omatsu writes, “Specifically, today’s ...

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...hen she arrived in the Philippines it was clear that everyone had put her father on pedestal when he left for America. Immense amounts of pressure were placed on her father to become successful and wealthy and when he could not near their perception of him, he could not return. The babaes were particularly interested in the magnitude of activism they encountered in the Philippines. They witnessed protests that lasted all day, rather than just a couple of ours. They were awed by the dedication and hard work they put in to fight for their rights. Civil engagement works to shed light into many individuals through their lived experiences, Melany writes, “Going to the Philippines strengthened me as a person and made me proud that I am a Pinay. It gave me that understanding to now defend myself when it comes to explaining my culture and my history and my people.” (pg. 615)

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