2016 - 19th Annual Steven Galovich Memorial Student Symposium

Presentation Title

Being Ethnically Chinese in Chicago: Immigration, Assimilation, and Racism

Student Presenter(s) and Advisor

Lisa Ledvora, Lake Forest College

Location

Library Basement

Abstract

Although immigrant populations in the United States progress towards assimilation, race acts as an obstacle to complete acceptance in our society. The contemporary experience of the Chinese community in the Chicagoland area exemplifies this struggle. Through anthropological research, I have found that Chinese immigrants and descendants face challenges throughout the process of integration into mainstream U.S. culture due to their physical appearance and cultural practices. Immigration policy and ideas citizenship in the United States encourage immigrants to integrate into the “melting pot” of society, but race relations and cultural maintenance practices limit ethnic groups’ capacity to assimilate.

Keywords: Immigration, immigrant, race, ethnicity, Chinese, Asian-American, Chicago, culture, cultural maintenance, language, education, assimilation, stereotype, acceptance, community, generation, interview, anthropology, international relations

Presentation Type

Individual Presentation

Start Date

4-5-2016 1:00 PM

End Date

4-5-2016 2:15 PM

Panel

Challenges of Building Community

Panel Moderator

Holly Swyers

Field of Study for Presentation

Sociology and Anthropology

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Apr 5th, 1:00 PM Apr 5th, 2:15 PM

Being Ethnically Chinese in Chicago: Immigration, Assimilation, and Racism

Library Basement

Although immigrant populations in the United States progress towards assimilation, race acts as an obstacle to complete acceptance in our society. The contemporary experience of the Chinese community in the Chicagoland area exemplifies this struggle. Through anthropological research, I have found that Chinese immigrants and descendants face challenges throughout the process of integration into mainstream U.S. culture due to their physical appearance and cultural practices. Immigration policy and ideas citizenship in the United States encourage immigrants to integrate into the “melting pot” of society, but race relations and cultural maintenance practices limit ethnic groups’ capacity to assimilate.

Keywords: Immigration, immigrant, race, ethnicity, Chinese, Asian-American, Chicago, culture, cultural maintenance, language, education, assimilation, stereotype, acceptance, community, generation, interview, anthropology, international relations