An earlier version of this paper was read at the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, San Francisco. August 22–24, 1975. The research reported here was supported by a grant from the Ford Foundation.
Assimilation of Chinese-Americans in Washington, D. C.*
Article first published online: 21 APR 2005
The Sociological Quarterly
Volume 18, Issue 3, pages 340–353, June 1977
How to Cite
Kuo, W. H. and Lin, N. (1977), Assimilation of Chinese-Americans in Washington, D. C.. The Sociological Quarterly, 18: 340–353. doi: 10.1111/j.1533-8525.1977.tb01419.x
Wen H. Kuo is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Utah. His current research is on the social impact of energy development and the methodology of changing minority children's social learning behavior. Nan Lin is Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York at Albany. His current research interests include social stratification and social networks, structural effects on innovation diffusions, and social stress and mobility problems among minority group members.
- Issue published online: 21 APR 2005
- Article first published online: 21 APR 2005
Chinese-Americans in Washington, D. C. were studied to show their present assimilation into American society. Two contradictory hypotheses on the pace of assimilation of Chinese-Americans were tested. We found that higher socioeconomic attainment had an insignificant effect on the Chinese American's centrifugal tendencies when the effects of education were controlled. This finding, therefore, contradicts the notion that the achievement of occupational or economic success motivates Americanization. The evidence showed that education exerted sizable effects on the absorbing of Chinese-Americans, while the Chinese friendship tie served to sustain the Chinese subculture. Overall, most Chinese-Americans have preserved their key cultural values. The relatively slow pace of assimilation among Chinese-Americans was attributed to their subsocietal structure, which is a consequence of the difference in racial and cultural distinction from American whites, as Warner and Srole (1945) hypothesized.