Identifying Asian American Attitudes Toward Immigration: Testing Theories of Acculturation, Group Consciousness, and Context Effects

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  • Saemyi Park University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point



acculturation, Asian American policy attitudes, group consciousness, immigration policies, political commonality, racial contexts.


In this study, I test a model of competing theoretical explanations of Asian American attitudes toward immigration by studying the effects of acculturation, group consciousness and political commonality with other groups, and contextual factors. Using the 2018 Civic Engagement and Political Participation of Asian American Survey, Asian Americans’ policy preferences on Syrian refugees, Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the Muslim travel ban, and a border wall are examined. Multinomial logistic regression analyses reveal that acculturation explains positive attitudes toward immigration among Asian Americans whereas factors such as Asian identity, political commonality with other racial groups, and the perceived racial mix of neighborhoods have limited and mixed influence on Asian American immigration attitudes. As one of very few studies on immigrants’ attitudes toward immigration policies, this study contributes to our better understanding of how the fastest-growing immigrant group like Asian Americans determine their attitudes toward policies that target immigrants.


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Author Biography

Saemyi Park, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Dr. Saemyi Park is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Her research agenda centers broadly on politics and policies related to commonality and difference among racial and ethnic groups in the United States. In particular, Dr. Park’s research interests include political representation, political participation and civic engagement, public opinion, and racial and ethnic identity.


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How to Cite

Park, S. (2020). Identifying Asian American Attitudes Toward Immigration: Testing Theories of Acculturation, Group Consciousness, and Context Effects. Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Studies, 8(1), 163–189.



Original Manuscript
Received 2020-07-25
Accepted 2020-12-04
Published 2020-12-09