currently a very popular concept in Asian American research.
Various pan-Asian studies have focused on pan-Asian coalitions
at the collective level to protect common interests for all
Asian Americans. While political identity is central to
pan-Asian coalitions, private identity figures prominently in
pan- Asian attachment at the individual level.
factors such as racial lumping and anti-Asian violence have
largely forced various Asian groups to make broad coalitions
in politics, education, social services, and other areas. But
primordial ties in the forms of similar cultures, physical
affinity and similar historical experiences have direct and
indirect effects on the development of pan-Asian attachment in
friendship, dating, sharing residential areas and religious
Due to physical
affinity and cultural similarities, East (Chinese, Korean and
Japanese groups) and South Asian (Indians, Pakistanis and
Bangladesh) groups maintain strong pan-ethnic attachment
within each cluster and little interaction between the two
focused on pan-Asian attachment within East and South Asians
in New York in friendship, residential patterns, and
participation in religious congregation.