Asian-Americans: The Historical Implications of Light Skin



Given the racial and ethnic shifts in contemporary Western cultures, scholars face an unprecedented challenge to keep pace with the implications of such shifts for victim-group discrimination. The migration of Asian ethnic populations to the United States has created the need for a new and more inclusive perspective pertaining to discrimination. Of particular concern in the study of victim-group discrimination is the need to understand the impact of assimilation of Asian-Americans into a racist dominant-group society such as the United States, and how the influences of skin color are enacted as discrimination, by Asian-Americans against other victim-group populations. For some, discrimination in the United States is served by the traditions of their native culture. Heretofore little investigated, a study of the growing number of Asian populations will be better illustrated and allow for a more comprehensive examination of victimism as a twenty-first-century sociological fact.


Skin Color Dark Skin Black Racism Light Skin Dark Skin Color 
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  1. 1.School of Social WorkMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA

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