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45 Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Q. 5 (2016)

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                                                    Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly
                                                                 2016, Vol. 45(l) 5-22
Leadership          in  an Asian                                @ The Author(s) 2014
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Suzie   S. Weng'

Despite the development  of culturally sensitive practices and ethnic-specific services
for non-dominant  groups, Asian Americans continue to underutilize social services.
The  underutilization is a reminder that multiple barriers still exist in preventing the
historically invisible members of the Asian American population from  improving
their well-being. If Asian Americans are not using formalized services, they are likely
turning to their own informal supports, of which little is known, for meeting their
needs. Using a grounded theory approach, this article explores the leaders and their
roles in the development  of an informal support network  in an Asian American
community  in the southern region of the United States. The theory developed in this
study indicates cultural influences affecting leaders and their ethnic identity, which
then informs identification of needs and the helping process in the development of
the informal support network. The article concludes with implications.

barriers to services, community development, help-seeking, social support, ethnic-
specific services

The subject of leadership has long been integrated in the United States military, busi-
nesses, and pubic administration. Different viewpoints exist in the literature regarding the
transferability of leader behaviors and processes across cultures (Dorfman, Hibino, Lee,

'University of North Florida, Jacksonville, USA
Corresponding Author:
Suzie S. Weng, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, & Social Work, University of North Florida, I
UNF Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224, USA.
Email: sweng@unf.edu

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