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By Bindi V. Shah

Laotian Daughters makes a speciality of second-generation environmental justice activists in Richmond, California. Bindi Shah's path-breaking e-book charts those younger women's efforts to enhance the degraded stipulations of their group and explores the methods their activism and political practices face up to the destructive stereotypes of race, classification, and gender linked to their ethnic staff. utilizing ethnographic observations, interviews, concentration teams, and archival information on their participation in Asian early life Advocatesoa early life management improvement projectoShah analyzes the kids' mobilization for social rights, cross-race kin, and negotiations of gender and inter-generational family members. She additionally addresses problems with ethnic early life, immigration, and citizenship and the way those form nationwide identities. Shah eventually unearths that citizenship as a social perform isn't just an grownup adventure and that ethnicity is an ongoing strength within the political and social identities of second-generation Laotians.

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Laotian Daughters: Working toward Community, Belonging, and Environmental Justice (Asian American History & Culture)

Laotian Daughters makes a speciality of second-generation environmental justice activists in Richmond, California. Bindi Shah's path-breaking e-book charts those younger women's efforts to enhance the degraded stipulations of their group and explores the methods their activism and political practices face up to the unfavorable stereotypes of race, classification, and gender linked to their ethnic staff.

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Morello-Frosch (2008, cited in Communities for a Better Environment 2009) reports that 79 percent of the people who live within one mile of the Chevron refinery are people of color and over 25 percent are below the national poverty line. Industrial pollutants can cause a range of health problems, such as respiratory allergies, headaches, and nausea, as well as chronic conditions such as developmental issues and cancer (Communities for a Better Environment 2009). In fact, Richmond’s cancer and child-asthma rates exceed area, state, and national averages (Pontecorvo 2008; APEN 2008).

Quoted in Martin 1995:262–263) Proposition 209 was approved by voters in November 1996. This ballot was preceded by a vote by the University of California Board of Regents to abolish affirmative action preferences in the University of California system because the regents deemed them to be “unfair,” “divisive,” and a cause of “racial tension” (Taylor 1999:95). The abolition of affirmative action was an attempt to roll back the gains achieved during the civil rights movement in the 1960s, negatively affecting those groups that have historically suffered discrimination and also restricting access to educational and work opportunities for more recent arrivals such as Laotians.

15 These toxic emissions, along with high levels of flaring, have continued into the twenty-first century, and in 2005 Chevron Products Company, along with two other refineries, accounted for 80 percent of toxic releases in Contra Costa County (Pontecorvo 2008). The Environmental Protection Agency reported almost three hundred highly toxic spills from Chevron’s Richmond refinery between 2001 and 2003 and identified the refinery as in “significant noncompliance” for air pollution standards (APEN 2008).

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