The sections of the book include; foundational roots of Asian American psychology, the balancing of multiple worlds, the next generation, social and life issues, Gender, and health and well being. Since Asian American psychology’s inception in the 1960s and 1970s, the field has matured. The authors make clear the challenges of research in ethnic communities and the need for further empirical work in the field. Asian American Psychology expands beyond a focus on people of East Asian ancestry (i.e., China, Japan, Korea) and includes discussion of adoptees, multiracial Asian Americans, and Filipino, Southeast Asian, and South Asian communities in America. The incorporation of religion and spirituality, and explicit discussion of the experience of individuals who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgendered, mirrors psychology’s growing acknowledgment that these topics are an essential part of understanding humanity.
The main author Alvarez, A., & Tewari, N and 58 contributing authors represent the breadth and diversity of this growing field of study. The theoretical framework oriented toward the subfields of personality, counseling, and clinical psychology.
The source is valuable for the research because it links the studies to the much larger epistemic frameworks of Asian American Psychology. What universal truths revealed by psychological research do Asians Americans hold across various ethnic backgrounds?