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The making of Asian America : a history / Erika Lee.

Lee, Erika. (Author).


"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"-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 1476739412
  • ISBN: 9781476739410
  • Physical Description: viii, 519 pages : illustrations, map, portraits ; 23 cm
  • Edition: First Simon & Schuster trade paperback edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 2016.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 419-502) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Part one: Beginnings : Asians in the Americas. Los Chinos in New Spain and Asians in early America ; Coolies -- Part two: The making of Asian America during the age of mass migration and Asian exclusion. Chinese immigrants in search of Gold Mountain ; "The Chinese must go!": the anti-Chinese movement ; Japanese immigrants and the "yellow peril" ; "We must struggle in exile": Korean immigrants ; South Asian immigrants and the "Hindu invasion" ; "We have heard much of America": Filipinos in the U.S. empire ; Border crossings and border enforcement: undocumented Asian immigration -- Part three: Asian America in a world at war. "Military necessity": the uprooting of Japanese Americans during World War II ; "Grave injustices": the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II ; Good war, Cold War -- Part four: Remaking Asian America in a globalized world. Making a new Asian America through immigration and activism ; In search of refuge: Southeast Asians in the United States ; Making a new home: Hmong refugees and Hmong Americans ; Transnational immigrants and global Americans -- Part five: twenty-first-century Asian Americans. The "rise of Asian Americans"?: myths and realities -- Epilogue: Redefining America in the twenty-first century.
Subject: Asian Americans > History.
Asians > United States > History.
United States > Emigration and immigration > History.
South Asia > Emigration and immigration > History.
United States > Ethnic relations > History.
Racism > United States > History.
United States > Race relations > History.

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Kirtland Community College.


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Kirtland Community College Library E 184 .A75 L44 2016 30775305524523 General Collection Available -

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