A New Look at Asian Immigrants

Kimberly Sanfeliz, Boston Globe, November 23, 2008

A new survey by the University of Massachusetts at Boston’s Institute for Asian American Studies attempts to fill what the authors say is a gaping hole in the research on immigrants.

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The institute’s study, “Interest and Action: Findings from a Survey of Asian American Attitudes on Immigrants, Immigration, and Activism,” found that 80 percent of the 412 Asian-Americans surveyed pay either a great deal of attention or some attention to immigration issues.

It also found that 58 percent said they were very sympathetic or somewhat sympathetic to the Latino community’s stance on immigration issues, and 52 percent support a legalization process for undocumented immigrants.

The survey also asked respondents about their likelihood of participating in activities supporting greater rights for immigrants. While 33 percent said they were very likely to sign a petition, only about 9 percent said they were very likely to work with others in an organization, or to participate in a march or demonstration.

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