Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: December 16, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412972048 | Print ISBN: 9780761929574 | Online ISBN: 9781412972048| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Asian American News Media
Drew O. McDaniel
Asian American journalism can be defined in two ways: through publications and electronic media that focus expressly on Asian American interests and issues, and through Asian American journalists who ply their craft in any medium. The importance of this subset of journalism is rising, due to the large Asian immigration influx that has taken place in the United States over recent decades. Prior to the 1965 Hart-Celler Act, a set of preferences based upon “national origins” established immigration quotas that blocked large numbers arriving from Asia. Under the new law, these restrictions were lifted for all Asian countries, and by the 1970s there were great increases in immigration from many parts of the continent. Asian Americans are generally defined as persons who are descendants of immigrants or who are themselves immigrants from Asia, and who are also either citizens of the United States or are permanent residents. However, the term ...