Thesis - Open Access
Number of Pages
The first known Asians arrived in the United States in the 16th century. By the mid-19th century, major waves of Asian immigrants traveled to the United States. During this time, early Asian immigrants faced racist stereotypes, discrimination, and exclusionary legislations. Inspired by the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements, early Asian activists created political coalitions, redefined their identity, and gained political power. Gaining political power ensures they are incorporated into society, their needs are addressed, resources are shared equally, and meaningful influence over government policies were obtained. Through this, early Asians created their self-determined label and political coalition: ‘Asian American’. Yet this label today creates issues with aggregation and the model minority myth. From this, my thesis aims to analyze how early Asian activism worked in solidarity with African American activist, how early Asian activists used similar tactics from the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements to achieve political power, analyze the unique struggles early Asians faced in pursuit for political power, and analyze the issues of the ‘Asian American’ label and model minority myth today. With this, this thesis will argue that despite the achievements gained early Asian activists, Asians today still face issues with integration due to lack of visibility, the model minority myth, and the evolving issues with the label ‘Asian American’. This thesis will argue how the population of ‘Asian American’ has increased and diversified so much today that the ‘Asian American’ label no longer suffice and thus must evolve to reflect what that population is today.
Date of Award
Colorado (state); Denver (county); Denver (inhabited place)
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Yoon, Sarah, "The Need and Emergence of Political Power for 'Asian American' or AAPI and Its Impacts Today: Comparison Between the Black Power Movement, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Rise of Asians" (2022). Regis University Student Publications. 1028.