By Bindi V. Shah
Laotian Daughters makes a speciality of second-generation environmental justice activists in Richmond, California. Bindi Shah's path-breaking booklet charts those younger women's efforts to enhance the degraded stipulations of their neighborhood and explores the methods their activism and political practices face up to the unfavorable stereotypes of race, category, and gender linked to their ethnic team. utilizing ethnographic observations, interviews, concentration teams, and archival information on their participation in Asian adolescence Advocatesoa formative years management improvement projectoShah analyzes the kids' mobilization for social rights, cross-race kinfolk, and negotiations of gender and inter-generational kin. She additionally addresses problems with ethnic adolescence, immigration, and citizenship and the way those form nationwide identities. Shah eventually reveals that citizenship as a social perform is not only an grownup event and that ethnicity is an ongoing strength within the political and social identities of second-generation Laotians.
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The abolition of affirmative action was an attempt to roll back the gains achieved during the civil rights movement in the 1960s, negatively affecting those groups that have historically suffered discrimination and also restricting access to educational and work opportunities for more recent arrivals such as Laotians. California was in the vanguard of abolishing another right enshrined in the civil rights reforms. 21 By the late 1990s nearly half of all states had followed California’s lead and implemented rules making English the official language (Agrawal 2008:662).
They were also unable to take advantage of job training and search services, leaving them vulnerable to assignment to demeaning jobs (Truong 2007:266). One year after the passage of PRWORA there were reports of refugees and immigrants from Asia committing suicide in the face of losing their SSI benefits (Fujiwara 2005:79, 81). Racializing and gendered politics permeated the popular and congressional discourse that surrounded the far-reaching welfare reform, characterizing immigrants as “undeserving foreigners, abusing the system and taking resources from hard-working Americans” (Fujiwara 2005:79).
In the United States almost 44 percent of Laotians of working age are employed in production, transportation, and material moving occupations, compared with 13 percent of Asians as a whole and 15 percent in the United States in general (Niedzwiecki and Duong 2004:23). According to Rumbaut (1995:248), in the 1990 census over 50 percent of Laotians lived in linguistically isolated households, meaning that no one over the age of fourteen in that household spoke only English or spoke it very well. S.