Encyclopedia of Immigrant Health

2012 Edition
| Editors: Sana Loue, Martha Sajatovic


  • Bridgid M. Conn
  • Amy Kerivan Marks
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-5659-0_54

In 2002, the U.S. Census Bureau documented that 25% of foreign-born people were from Asia. Of these foreign-born, 1.5 million were born in China, which is the leading country of birth for this nation’s immigrants. Of note, also in the top ten countries of origin were India, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Korea. In fact, it is projected that by the year 2050, the population of people who identify as Asian will increase by 213%, making up 8% of the total population in America. Given the impact that this burgeoning immigrant group will have on this nation, including education and health services, it is imperative to understand how immigration and adjustment to living in a new society will affect their health and well-being.

In order to further our understanding of this immigrant group, it must be first considered that the labeling of all immigrants from the Asian continent as “Asians” is a socially constructed category that can have a unique bearing on how these unique immigrant groups see...

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Suggested Readings

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Suggested Resources

  1. Asian American Psychological Association. www.asianamericanalliance.com
  2. National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. www.nnirr.org
  3. Southeast Asian Resource Action Center. www.searac.org

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bridgid M. Conn
    • 1
  • Amy Kerivan Marks
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologySuffolk UniversityBostonUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologySuffolk UniversityBostonUSA