Chapter One: Why Study Asian American Politics
Why should you read a book about Asian American politics? Why not just cover it in a general American politics text, or in a book on the politics of multiple minority groups? To put it briefly, there are two central arguments for the separate study of Asian American politics. First, the political struggles of Asian Americans have contributed significantly to a larger struggle important to the entire United States, the struggle for equal opportunity and access. Second, Asian Americans have experienced politics in unique ways. In this chapter, we explain these justifications for a separate study of Asian American politics as well as the theoretical framework that underlies this book.
Aoki and Takeda have masterfully written a superb textbook that captures and analyzes the dynamic impact of the fifteen million Asian Americans on United States politics and race relations.