Skop, Emily, Li, Wei, (2005) in an effort to give a more multifaceted and complex examination of the process of spatial assimilation, they explore different ways in understanding racial/ethnic residential patterns. The authors examine patterns of modern Asian Indian and Chinese settlement in two urban areas: Austin and Phoenix. The two areas represent newly upcoming Asian centers.
In their study the authors note that little consideration has been drawn away from usual immigrant gateways to the increasing population of Asians in other parts of the United States. They also note that there is analysis of the residential geography within the upcoming settlement areas. They argue that understanding what actually is happening in the areas will front a richer and a full account of varied residential patterns of minorities and a clear understanding of the assimilation process. Asian population increased to 72% between 1990 and 2000, from 6.9 million to 11.9 million. In comparison to the U.S population which grew by 13% between 1990 and 2000, from 248.7 million to 281.4 million (US Census Bureau 1990, 2000).
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