Deculturalization and the Struggle for Equality by Joel Spring

Deculturalization and the Struggle for Equality by Joel Spring

Author:Joel Spring [Joel Spring]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: Routledge


The educational experiences of Asian Americans paralleled those of Native and African Americans as they, too, were either denied an education or experienced segregation. Also, European Americans grouped people from a wide variety of cultural and linguistic backgrounds under the word “Asian.” That all-encompassing term facilitated the rationalization of economic and social exploitation, as well as discrimination.

However, the Asian American experience was changed by World War II. The Japanese attack on the United States was motivated by imperialist desires. For the first time, the U.S. government became a target of foreign imperialism by an Asian country. One result was for European, African, and Native Americans to quickly differentiate between peoples from Asia. Now the Chinese were the friends and the Japanese were the enemies. Also, the Japanese attack brought into question the assumption by European Americans that Asia represented a racially inferior other. The Japanese could hardly be considered inferior after destroying almost all of the American fleet at Pearl Harbor.


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