Asian American Prisoners
Kathryn E. Martin
Asian Americans are one of the smallest minority groups in U.S. prisons. Statistical analyses show they are often included in the “other” category with Native Americans and Alaska Natives. Regardless, Asian Americans must be studied because of their increasing involvement in crimes, and their growing numbers behind bars. Asian Americans in the United States include Asian Indians (which embraces the countries of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Tibet), Cambodians, Chinese, Filipinos, Indonesians, Japanese, Koreans, Pacific Islanders (combined from the Polynesian Islands, such as Guam, Hawaii, Samoa, Tahiti, and Tonga), Thai, and Vietnamese. Even though there are enormous differences between these groups in their histories, cultures, and beliefs, the criminal justice system combined these populations to be treated as one ethnic group. Overall, Asian Americans account for 4% of the population in the United States. Since the 1800s, Asians have emigrated to the United States from their separate ...