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Relationships Among Asian American Women. By J. L. Chin. Washington,
DC: American Psychological Association, 2000, 251 pp., $39.95 (hard-
Although the title of this edited book emphasizes relationships among Asian
American women, it is an excellent reference for historical and contextual
issues related to diverse Asian American women. Contributors are psycholo-
gists mostly in private practice, with some chapters written by academics, and
the editor contributing three chapters. After a forward from noted Japanese
American feminist psychologist Reiko Homma True, the book has four main
sections. The ﬁrst section summarizes demographics about Asian American
women, focusing on diversity (Jean Lau Chin) and social advocacy (Kem B.
Louie). The second section focuses on sociopolitical and historical informa-
tion, including attitudes toward Asian American women (Liang Tien), World
War II’s impact on second generation Japanese American women (Donna
K. Nagata), and domestic violence (Carolee GioaUyen Tran & Kunya Des
Jardins). The third section focuses on biculturalism and dualism and includes
chapters on ancestoral relationships (Christine Chao), mother–daughter re-
lationships (J. Chin), Asian Indian immigrant women (Kakaiya), and friend-
ships and social networks (Felicisima Seraﬁca, Alice Weng, & Hyoun K.
Kim). The ﬁnal section focuses on Asian American womens’ relationship
paradigms and includes chapters on dating relationships (Diance C. Fujino),
independence versus interdependence (S. Cathy Louie), and a concluding
summary chapter (J. Chin). An afterword is provided by Alice F. Chang, a
distinguished Chinese American psychologist.
Chapter 1 introduces the book and provides readers with a background
on the Asian American Women’s Task Force of Division 35 (Psychology of
Women) of the American Psychological Association. It brieﬂy summarizes
historical stereotypes and the heterogeneity of Asian American women.
2001 Plenum Publishing Corporation