Sample Essay on Asian Americans in the US Historical and Political Process

Asian Americans in the US Historical and Political Process

Asian-Americans refer to Asians born in the US and those who particularly arrived before 1965. Most of them came with an intention of settling in the US and in particular permanently. In other words, they have been referred to as immigrants, and this is a word barely used by governmental agencies for their administrative convenience. Their ability, however, to participate in American politics as equals, has been influenced by how the natives define them (Gondo 72). This paper seeks to illustrate the significance of racial and ethnic recognition with respect to the historical and political process of the Asian-Americans in the US and the various forms of inequalities they face as immigrants.

In his analysis about the Asian American Movement, Gondo (36), he asserts that from the 1940s to 1990s Asia was known for communism. China was one of the countries that practiced communism and there existed anti-communists who later fled to America. Their move was significant, and it changed their political demographics in large proportions (Rosengarten 77). Evidently, discrimination against Asians had been there since the 1840s when they first migrated to America. Kitano and Daniels state that in the mid-nineteenth century, when the immigrants first entered America, there was no formal policy for immigration. Anyone who was willing to work was allowed in the country. This made the Chinese labor, for instance, to fill the Americas labor market. They participated in putting up infrastructure facilities. Once there skill and workforce was no longer needed, nationality and race became a problem (Rosengarten 49). The problem went a long way to the development of rules and regulations that cut down more immigrants from getting into the US. The policy was introduced right after the labor was no longer required. Nevertheless, Asian-Americans were highly valorized about blacks. According to Chang, in his model minority myth, he argues that blacks have been associated with failure in the American society. They are said to be deficient in something due to their nature.

            Asian-Americans have been a disadvantaged group in reflection to their history. Among the barriers put to bar Asians from seeking American citizenship is the federal neutralization law. Moreover, laws are limiting them from migrating into the US and other laws discriminating against the immigrants (Gondo 108). The legislation in all ways demonstrates how much the immigrants are discriminated against its original native. Increased inequity and intolerance led to the rise of Asian-American movement whereby the Asians chose to act together to stop the prejudice (Rosengarten 37). The movement further resulted in the implementation of an Act that saw the immigrants communities overcome the historical and political barriers to civic participation. The movement wanted that the culture and the involvement of the community to be recognized. This came in 1965 and besides the recognition Act; many other laws were passed to criminalize the discrimination against the minorities in the US (Gondo 30). Among the areas where equity is important for the immigrants are education, participation in choosing leaders, and employment opportunities. The changes in the Acts that barred participation of the immigrants brought about changed the composition of the immigrants in the nation. This gave the chance to the participation of Asian-Americans in politics.

In respect to that discussion, Asian-Americans have been victims of racial subjugation and so have the blacks and the poor white women. Their participation is, however, important, and that called for the elimination of laws that discriminated against them. Their involvement has seen the success of many leaders in the US. In 1992, the Republican flag bearer, George W. Bush saw 55% of the Asian-Americans living in the US vote him in accord to survey released then. The contribution of this minority groups brought transformation for other marginalized communities such as the blacks and the poor white women in America.

Marxist theory, according to Rosengarten was prevalent, and the level of inequality was depicted by the work assigned to immigrants with respect to whites. He argues that there were two great classes in America: the capitalists and the working class. This alienated the poor whites since they had no category of their own. These two categories gave birth to racism and discrimination. The white workers were separated from the blacks. The blacks and the Indian Americans were subjected to stereotype threats. All the incoming groups, those who migrated into the US struggled with keeping its cultural identity. In addition, the Indian Americans were paid different earnings to in respect to blacks and poor whites who worked in line with them. Women were discriminated against as well (Rosengarten 38). Marxist theory, therefore, represents the situation of the minority groups in America with clarity.

Acknowledging the rights of the immigrants changed the perception of the US about them. At first, they had been treated as ‘pagans’. Later on, after they raised their concerns, the subjugation ended. Their participation in voting has seen the United States of America choose the leader of their choice. Their support was illustrated when they voted for President Bush. Other than that, they economy of the nation has been spearheaded by the said immigrants and their dominance in the country. This argument shows how important they are for the people and the natives of America.

Work Cited

Gondo, Harumi. Obama’s Asian-American Cabinet picks. UPI Asia, 2009. Print.
Rosengarten, Frank. The revolutionary Marxism of Antonio Gramsci. Leiden: Brill, 2014. Print.