Strangers from a Different Shore Book
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Strangers from a Different Shore


  • Author : Professor Department of Ethnic Studies Ronald Takaki
  • Publisher : eBookIt.com
  • Release Date : 2012-11
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 591
  • ISBN 10 : 9781456611071

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Strangers from a Different Shore Excerpt :

In an extraordinary blend of narrative history, personal recollection, & oral testimony, the author presents a sweeping history of Asian Americans. He writes of the Chinese who laid tracks for the transcontinental railroad, of plantation laborers in the canefields of Hawaii, of "picture brides" marrying strangers in the hope of becoming part of the American dream. He tells stories of Japanese Americans behind the barbed wire of U.S. internment camps during World War II, Hmong refugees tragically unable to adjust to Wisconsin's alien climate & culture, & Asian American students stigmatized by the stereotype of the "model minority." This is a powerful & moving work that will resonate for all Americans, who together make up a nation of immigrants from other shores.

Strangers from a Different Shore Book
Score: 3
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Strangers from a Different Shore


  • Author : Ronald Takaki
  • Publisher : Back Bay Books
  • Release Date : 1998-09-23
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 640
  • ISBN 10 : 0316831301

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Strangers from a Different Shore Excerpt :

In an extraordinary blend of narrative history, personal recollection, & oral testimony, the author presents a sweeping history of Asian Americans. He writes of the Chinese who laid tracks for the transcontinental railroad, of plantation laborers in the canefields of Hawaii, of "picture brides" marrying strangers in the hope of becoming part of the American dream. He tells stories of Japanese Americans behind the barbed wire of U.S. internment camps during World War II, Hmong refugees tragically unable to adjust to Wisconsin's alien climate & culture, & Asian American students stigmatized by the stereotype of the "model minority." This is a powerful & moving work that will resonate for all Americans, who together make up a nation of immigrants from other shores.

A Different Mirror Book
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A Different Mirror


  • Author : Ronald Takaki
  • Publisher : eBookIt.com
  • Release Date : 2012-06-05
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 529
  • ISBN 10 : 9781456611064

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A Different Mirror Excerpt :

Takaki traces the economic and political history of Indians, African Americans, Mexicans, Japanese, Chinese, Irish, and Jewish people in America, with considerable attention given to instances and consequences of racism. The narrative is laced with short quotations, cameos of personal experiences, and excerpts from folk music and literature. Well-known occurrences, such as the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, the Trail of Tears, the Harlem Renaissance, and the Japanese internment are included. Students may be surprised by some of the revelations, but will recognize a constant thread of rampant racism. The author concludes with a summary of today's changing economic climate and offers Rodney King's challenge to all of us to try to get along. Readers will find this overview to be an accessible, cogent jumping-off place for American history and political science plus a guide to the myriad other sources identified in the notes.

The Making of Asian America Book
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The Making of Asian America


  • Author : Erika Lee
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2015-09-01
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 528
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476739403

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The Making of Asian America Excerpt :

The definitive history of Asian Americans by one of the nation’s preeminent scholars on the subject. In the past fifty years, Asian Americans have helped change the face of America and are now the fastest growing group in the United States. But as award-winning historian Erika Lee reminds us, Asian Americans also have deep roots in the country. The Making of Asian America tells the little-known history of Asian Americans and their role in American life, from the arrival of the first Asians in the Americas to the present-day. An epic history of global journeys and new beginnings, this book shows how generations of Asian immigrants and their American-born descendants have made and remade Asian American life in the United States: sailors who came on the first trans-Pacific ships in the 1500s; indentured “coolies” who worked alongside African slaves in the Caribbean; and Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Korean, and South Asian immigrants who were recruited to work in the United States only to face massive racial discrimination, Asian exclusion laws, and for Japanese Americans, incarceration during World War II. Over the past fifty years, a new Asian America has emerged out of community activism and the arrival of new immigrants and refugees. No longer a “despised minority,” Asian Americans are now held up as America’s “model minorities” in ways that reveal the complicated role that race still plays in the United States. Published to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the passage of the United States’ Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 that has remade our “nation of immigrants,” this is a new and definitive history of Asian Americans. But more than that, it is a new way of understanding America itself, its complicated histories of race and immigration, and its place in the world today.

Asian American Dreams Book
Score: 5
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Asian American Dreams


  • Author : Helen Zia
  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Release Date : 2000-03-09
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9781429980852

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Asian American Dreams Excerpt :

The fascinating story of the rise of Asian Americans as a politically and socially influential racial group This groundbreaking book is about the transformation of Asian Americans from a few small, disconnected, and largely invisible ethnic groups into a self-identified racial group that is influencing every aspect of American society. It explores the junctures that shocked Asian Americans into motion and shaped a new consciousness, including the murder of Vincent Chin, a Chinese American, by two white autoworkers who believed he was Japanese; the apartheid-like working conditions of Filipinos in the Alaska canneries; the boycott of Korean American greengrocers in Brooklyn; the Los Angeles riots; and the casting of non-Asians in the Broadway musical Miss Saigon. The book also examines the rampant stereotypes of Asian Americans. Helen Zia, the daughter of Chinese immigrants, was born in the 1950s when there were only 150,000 Chinese Americans in the entire country, and she writes as a personal witness to the dramatic changes involving Asian Americans. Written for both Asian Americans -- the fastest-growing population in the United States -- and non-Asians, Asian American Dreams argues that America can no longer afford to ignore these emergent, vital, and singular American people.

A Different Mirror for Young People Book

A Different Mirror for Young People


  • Author : Ronald Takaki
  • Publisher : Seven Stories Press
  • Release Date : 2012-10-30
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 10 : 9781609804176

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A Different Mirror for Young People Excerpt :

A longtime professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California at Berkeley, Ronald Takaki was recognized as one of the foremost scholars of American ethnic history and diversity. When the first edition of A Different Mirror was published in 1993, Publishers Weekly called it "a brilliant revisionist history of America that is likely to become a classic of multicultural studies" and named it one of the ten best books of the year. Now Rebecca Stefoff, who adapted Howard Zinn's best-selling A People's History of the United States for younger readers, turns the updated 2008 edition of Takaki's multicultural masterwork into A Different Mirror for Young People. Drawing on Takaki's vast array of primary sources, and staying true to his own words whenever possible, A Different Mirror for Young People brings ethnic history alive through the words of people, including teenagers, who recorded their experiences in letters, diaries, and poems. Like Zinn's A People's History, Takaki's A Different Mirror offers a rich and rewarding "people's view" perspective on the American story.

Cultural Compass Book
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Cultural Compass


  • Author : Professor Martin Manalansan
  • Publisher : Temple University Press
  • Release Date : 2000
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 241
  • ISBN 10 : 1566397731

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Cultural Compass Excerpt :

Scholars in anthropology, sociology, ethnic studies, and Asian American studies consider traditional models for enthographic research. They explore the construction and displacement of self, community, and home integral to Asian American cultural journeys in the late 20th century

Contemporary Asian America  third Edition  Book

Contemporary Asian America third Edition


  • Author : Min Zhou
  • Publisher : NYU Press
  • Release Date : 2016-04-19
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 688
  • ISBN 10 : 9781479829231

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Contemporary Asian America third Edition Excerpt :

Who are Asian Americans? Moving beyond popular stereotypes of the “model minority” or “forever foreigner,” most Americans know surprisingly little of the nation’s fastest growing minority population. Since the 1960s, when different Asian immigrant groups came together under the “Asian American” umbrella, they have tirelessly carved out their presence in the labor market, education, politics, and pop culture. Many times, they have done so in the face of racism, discrimination, sexism, homophobia, and socioeconomic disadvantage. Today, contemporary Asian America has emerged as an incredibly diverse population, with each segment of the community facing its unique challenges. When Contemporary Asian America was first published in 2000, it exposed its readers to the formation and development of Asian American studies as an academic field of study, from its inception as part of the ethnic consciousness movement of the 1960s to the systematic inquiry into more contemporary theoretical and practical issues facing Asian America at the century’s end. It was the first volume to integrate a broad range of interdisciplinary research and approaches from a social science perspective to assess the effects of immigration, community development, and socialization on Asian American communities. This updated third edition discusses the impact of September 11 on Asian American identity and citizenship; the continued influence of globalization on past and present waves of immigration; and the intersection of race, gender, sexuality, and class on the experiences of Asian immigrants and their children. The volume also provides study questions and recommended supplementary readings and documentary films. This critical text offers a broad overview of Asian American studies and the current state of Asian America.

A Companion to Asian American Studies Book
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A Companion to Asian American Studies


  • Author : Kent A. Ono
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Release Date : 2008-04-15
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9781405137096

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A Companion to Asian American Studies Excerpt :

A Companion to Asian American Studies is comprised of 20 previously published essays that have played an important historical role in the conceptualization of Asian American studies as a field. Essays are drawn from international publications, from the 1970s to the present Includes coverage of psychology, history, literature, feminism, sexuality, identity politics, cyberspace, pop culture, queerness, hybridity, and diasporic consciousness Features a useful introduction by the editor reviewing the selections, and outlining future possibilities for the field Can be used alongside Asian American Studies After Critical Mass, edited by Kent A. Ono, for a complete reference to Asian American Studies.

Forever Foreigners Or Honorary Whites  Book

Forever Foreigners Or Honorary Whites


  • Author : Mia Tuan
  • Publisher : Rutgers University Press
  • Release Date : 1998
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 202
  • ISBN 10 : 0813526248

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Forever Foreigners Or Honorary Whites Excerpt :

Examines the meaning of ethnicity for middle-class later-generation Chinese and Japanese Americans in California

Asian America Book

Asian America


  • Author : Cathy J. Schlund-Vials
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Release Date : 2017-01-10
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780300225198

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Asian America Excerpt :

An essential collection that brings together the core primary texts of the Asian American experience in one volume An essential volume for the growing academic discipline of Asian American studies, this collection of core primary texts draws from a wide range of fields, from law to visual culture to politics, covering key historical and cultural developments that enable students to engage directly with the Asian American experience over the past century. The primary sources, organized around keywords, often concern multiple hemispheres and movements, making this compendium valuable for a number of historical, ethnic, and cultural study undergraduate programs.

The Chinese in America Book
Score: 4
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The Chinese in America


  • Author : Iris Chang
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2004-03-30
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 512
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101126875

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A quintessiantially American story chronicling Chinese American achievement in the face of institutionalized racism by the New York Times bestselling author of The Rape of Nanking In an epic story that spans 150 years and continues to the present day, Iris Chang tells of a people’s search for a better life—the determination of the Chinese to forge an identity and a destiny in a strange land and, often against great obstacles, to find success. She chronicles the many accomplishments in America of Chinese immigrants and their descendents: building the infrastructure of their adopted country, fighting racist and exclusionary laws and anti-Asian violence, contributing to major scientific and technological advances, expanding the literary canon, and influencing the way we think about racial and ethnic groups. Interweaving political, social, economic, and cultural history, as well as the stories of individuals, Chang offers a bracing view not only of what it means to be Chinese American, but also of what it is to be American.

Chinese American Voices Book

Chinese American Voices


  • Author : Judy Yung
  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
  • Release Date : 2006
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 462
  • ISBN 10 : 9780520243095

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Chinese American Voices Excerpt :

"Skillfully selected, translated, and annotated, this compelling compendium of voices bear witness to the diversity and depth of the Chinese American experience and, significantly, its indispensable centrality to American life and history."--Gary Y. Okihiro, author of Common Ground: Reimagining American History "Here at last is a wide-ranging record of Chinese American experiences from the viewpoints of the players. Chinese American Voices is an impressive feat of scholarship, an indispensable reference, and a compelling read."--Ruthanne Lum McCunn, author of Thousand Pieces of Gold and The Moon Pearl "This anthology offers a virtual "Gam Saan" (Gold Mountain) of original sources. The stories burst with telling and re-affirm a vision of men and women as actors in history, who made themselves as Chinese Americans as they helped to make America itself."--Ronald Takaki, author of Strangers from a Different Shore: A History of Asian Americans "This volume of sixty-two annotated documents, many translated from Chinese for the first time, is a boon to faculty and students interested in Chinese American history, Asian American history, U.S. immigration history, and race and ethnic relations. The life stories, in particular, are appealing for students, the reading public, and scholars alike as they hear the voices of individuals long misunderstood, denigrated, and silenced. All of us owe a debt of gratitude to the three editors for their dedicated labor of love."--Sucheng Chan, author of Chinese American Transnationalism: The Flow of People, Resources, and Ideas between China and America during the Exclusion Era "This is a superb collection."--Roger Daniels, author of Guarding the Golden Door: American Immigration Policy and Immigrants since 1882

The Color of Success Book

The Color of Success


  • Author : Ellen D. Wu
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2015-12-29
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 376
  • ISBN 10 : 9780691168029

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The Color of Success Excerpt :

The Color of Success tells of the astonishing transformation of Asians in the United States from the "yellow peril" to "model minorities"--peoples distinct from the white majority but lauded as well-assimilated, upwardly mobile, and exemplars of traditional family values--in the middle decades of the twentieth century. As Ellen Wu shows, liberals argued for the acceptance of these immigrant communities into the national fold, charging that the failure of America to live in accordance with its democratic ideals endangered the country's aspirations to world leadership. Weaving together myriad perspectives, Wu provides an unprecedented view of racial reform and the contradictions of national belonging in the civil rights era. She highlights the contests for power and authority within Japanese and Chinese America alongside the designs of those external to these populations, including government officials, social scientists, journalists, and others. And she demonstrates that the invention of the model minority took place in multiple arenas, such as battles over zoot suiters leaving wartime internment camps, the juvenile delinquency panic of the 1950s, Hawaii statehood, and the African American freedom movement. Together, these illuminate the impact of foreign relations on the domestic racial order and how the nation accepted Asians as legitimate citizens while continuing to perceive them as indelible outsiders. By charting the emergence of the model minority stereotype, The Color of Success reveals that this far-reaching, politically charged process continues to have profound implications for how Americans understand race, opportunity, and nationhood.

Ethnic Islands Book

Ethnic Islands


  • Author : Ronald T. Takaki
  • Publisher : Chelsea House Pub
  • Release Date : 1994
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 125
  • ISBN 10 : IND:30000042219380

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Ethnic Islands Excerpt :

Describes the prejudices immigrants from China to the United States have faced in the past and continue to face today.