Choi, Namkee G., Ed., Psychosocial Aspects of the Asian-American Experience: Diversity within Diversity

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Binghamton, NY: The Haworth Press, Inc., 200 340pp., $39.95 softcover/$69.95 hardcover..

This book is geared toward students, social services/healthcare/mental health practitioners, researchers, public policymakers and academics who want to understand the extreme diversity in history, culture, religion and values of Asian-Americans in the United States. The book provides information on such diverse groups as the Chinese, Vietnamese, Hmong, Cambodian, Japanese, Filipinos, Koreans, Asian Indians and Native Hawaiians. The book also looks at different stages of development and different generations of immigrants as well as identity development, psychosocial functioning, cultural adjustment, academic achievement, victimization and aging. Many chapters cover the demographics and history, geography, language, values, culture and religion of the respective group. The book also offers an overview of the current state of mental health research and Asian-Americans, using both qualitative as well as quantitative research methods.

This book, published simultaneously as Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment [vol. 3, nos. 3-4, 2001], is part of a series that also includes Voices of First Nations People: Human Services Considerations and Human Behavior in the Social Environment from an African American Perspective. Among the chapters included in this volume are Asian Americans in the 20th Century, Adoptive Parents and Identity Development for Chinese Children, Asian American Adolescents' Academic Achievement: a Look Behind the Model Minority Image, Depression Level in Inner-City Asian American Adolescents, Psychological Adjustment of Korean-Born Adolescent Adoptees, Coherence in Chinese-American Young Adults, Cultural Orientation of Hmong Young Adults, Dating Violence among Filipino Americans, The Balancing Act Between Being Indian and Being American, Psychological Well-Being of Korean Americans, Model Minority Demystified, Depression among Vietnamese Americans, Somatic Complaints and Social Suffering among Survivors of the Cambodian Killing Fields, Culturally Competent Substance Abuse Treatment for Asian/ Pacific Islander Women, Depression among Elderly Korean Immigrants and Diversity within Diversity: Research and Social Work Practice Issues with Asian American Elders.

In many of the chapters, there are very useful and helpful charts and tables with demographic, educational, and socioeconomic data on the various groups. …