By Bandana Purkayastha, Miho Iwata, Shweta Majumdar Adur, Ranita Ray, Trisha Tiamzon

As the Leaves flip Gold examines the demanding situations and possibilities round getting older for Asian American men and women within the usa. The e-book appears at a variety of Asian Americans—affluent and negative, third-generation natives and up to date immigrants, political exiles and up to date migrants, those that immigrated early in lifestyles and those that immigrated past due in life—and positive aspects interview excerpts that convey those concerns to existence.

The publication indicates how the lifestyles classes of people, together with discrimination they might have confronted in prior years, can form their golden years. As they get older, Asian americans proceed to fight to slot into American society—this is correct even of these who're hugely trained, rather prosperous, and feature lived and labored with non-Asian american citizens for many in their lives. As the Leaves flip Gold discusses not just the demanding situations older Asian americans face, equivalent to loss of sufficient aid prone, but additionally neighborhood and transnational suggestions. As the Leaves flip Gold is a vital exam of getting older, immigration, and social inequality.

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At the same time, the restrictions on immigration and the growing restrictions on the political and social benefits available to permanent legal residents—which we describe in detail in the next few chapters—structured additional challenges in the lives of these immigrants. Indeed, a recent study shows that given their economic ability, some Taiwanese Americans and Chinese Americans originally from Hong Kong are looking to their countries of origin as desirable places to retire (see Sun 2011). Thus examining the aging experiences of these “assimilated groups” reveals different facets of aging.

We are of different Asian backgrounds (Asian Indian, Filipino, Japanese8), and we used our networks within communities to find our initial contact person. Most of the interviewees were contacted by snowballing from our personal contacts. We also sent out recruitment flyers to some Chinese senior centers. S. indb 37 7/16/12 10:54 AM 38 Chapter 2 Filipina, contacted and interviewed the Filipino Americans; Miho, a firstgeneration Japanese immigrant, contacted and interviewed the Japanese Americans; while Shweta, a first-generation Indian American, contacted and interviewed—through a translator—the Chinese Americans.

Indeed, a recent New York Times story features the children of Hmong refugees who are documenting the lives of their parents, who themselves are not skilled in a written language (Brown 2011). S. Political exiles are eligible to receive initial help from the government, including, if their circumstances so demand, help with subsidized housing or welfare benefits. They can immigrate as families if family members were able to remain together as they fled war-torn countries or refugee camps. They are also eligible for legal residency and citizenship—provided they pass the tests—sooner.

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