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Unformatted Document Text:  Communicating Chinese-ness 19 1993). The move to modify the racial requirement for entry into the C.A.C.A. is rational, because the members and their families are becoming inter-racial. The reality is that the next generation will be excluded from membership unless the constitution is amended. Voluntary associations are typically overwhelmingly homogeneous and tend to lose members who are at the edge—which in this case would mean the “not racially Chinese” members (Popielarz & McPherson, 1995). However, the traditionalists have a point: Upon striking the one characteristic that makes the C.A.C.A. distinct, what will differentiate it from other service organizations and allow it to retain its stated mission of serving Chinese Americans and the objectives of promoting the general welfare and happiness of Chinese communities? Reaching Objectives Should Not Lead to Obsolescence By fulfilling its mission—equal economic and political empowerment for Chinese Americans, together with the promotion of friendship with others—it would appear that the need for this Alliance would decrease. As the younger generation becomes more ethnically diverse and their evident “Chinese-ness” becomes harder to detect, these changes should also contribute to a demise of the Chinese American Citizens Alliance. In a static society, previous theories should easily explain why this would be inevitable. However, the United States is an ever-evolving society. When one steps back and takes a more national and global perspective on the future of the United States, it becomes readily apparent that the current Anglo-dominated structure will not persist. Global population forces have already irreversibly changed this nation. The communication network that the C.A.C.A has set up will position it as an important resource for immigrants of all nationalities. The principles of charity and justice, lessons being learned

Authors: Wilson, Mary.
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Communicating Chinese-ness
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1993). The move to modify the racial requirement for entry into the C.A.C.A. is rational,
because the members and their families are becoming inter-racial. The reality is that the
next generation will be excluded from membership unless the constitution is amended.
Voluntary associations are typically overwhelmingly homogeneous and tend to lose
members who are at the edge—which in this case would mean the “not racially Chinese”
members (Popielarz & McPherson, 1995). However, the traditionalists have a point:
Upon striking the one characteristic that makes the C.A.C.A. distinct, what will
differentiate it from other service organizations and allow it to retain its stated mission of
serving Chinese Americans and the objectives of promoting the general welfare and
happiness of Chinese communities?
Reaching Objectives Should Not Lead to Obsolescence
By fulfilling its mission—equal economic and political empowerment for Chinese
Americans, together with the promotion of friendship with others—it would appear that
the need for this Alliance would decrease. As the younger generation becomes more
ethnically diverse and their evident “Chinese-ness” becomes harder to detect, these
changes should also contribute to a demise of the Chinese American Citizens Alliance. In
a static society, previous theories should easily explain why this would be inevitable.
However, the United States is an ever-evolving society. When one steps back and takes a
more national and global perspective on the future of the United States, it becomes
readily apparent that the current Anglo-dominated structure will not persist. Global
population forces have already irreversibly changed this nation. The communication
network that the C.A.C.A has set up will position it as an important resource for
immigrants of all nationalities. The principles of charity and justice, lessons being learned


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