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Vietnamese Americans, Korean Americans and the Immigrant Cohort Hypothesis

Sat, September 1, 10:00 to 11:30am, Marriott, Regis


This paper continues a test of the immigrant cohort hypothesis—that not only contexts of exit but also importantly reception experiences in country of immigration provide meaningful political imprinting experiences for unique immigrant cohorts. An historical overview is followed by trends in participation so as to contextualize the experiences of immigrant cohorts over time. This paper contrasts the experiences of Korean Americans and Vietnamese Americans, highlighting the experiences of non-refugee versus refugee groups who came to the United States in waves and both share anti-communist or anti-authoritarian backgrounds. The analysis is conducted with datasets from the Current Population Survey and the 2016 National Survey of Asian Americans (NAAS).