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"The quintessential "foreigners," Asians in the United States have encountered both fear of the commercial and military prowess of their home countries and complacency about their lot as members of a perceived "model minority." Far from being a monolithic group, however, Asian Americans represent numerous distinct cultures - some mutually antagonistic - including some of the world's oldest and most sophisticated. Atlas of Asian-American History presents the experiences of the principal groups of Asian immigrants to the United States, from the first 19th-century Chinese gold-seekers in California and the Japanese, Korean, and Filipino laborers in Hawaii who struggled for citizenship and the right to work to Asian Indians who sought freedom from famine and oppression in colonial India; from Southeast Asians seeking refuge from international conflicts in their homelands to Asian Americans of all ethnicities who in the 20th century faced challenges to their loyalty and property and sought the political authority to defend them. With 69 black-and-white photographs, 28 color photographs, 60 maps, and 34 line illustrations and graphs, this visually rich volume is the perfect reference for any reader with an interest in Asian-American history."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Offering a rich and insightful road map of Asian American history as it has evolved over more than 200 years, this book marks the first systematic attempt to take stock of this field of study. It examines, comments, and questions the changing assumptions and contexts underlying the experiences and contributions of an incredibly diverse population of Americans. Arriving and settling in this nation as early as the 1790s, with American-born generations stretching back more than a century, Asian Americans have become an integral part of the American experience; this cleverly organized book marks the trajectory of that journey, offering researchers invaluable information and interpretation.
Part 1 offers a synoptic narrative history, a chronology, and a set of periodizations that reflect different ways of constructing the Asian American past.
Part 2 presents lucid discussions of historical debates -- such as interpreting the anti-Chinese movement of the late 1800s and the underlying causes of Japanese American internment during World War II -- and such emerging themes as transnationalism and women and gender issues.
Part 3 contains a historiographical essay and a wide-ranging compilation of book, film, and electronic resources for further study of core themes and groups, including Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Hmong, Indian, Korean, Vietnamese, and others.
"An informative and well-crafted volume with nearly 800 entries that review the key facts of Asian American and Pacific American history....This work, the first in its field, will be an essential reference for academic and public libraries." Choice
An impressive compilation of facts and data on the history of American immigration...In an area where reference works are scarce, Cordasco, a recognized scholar in his field, has produced a good source for any library in need of ready reference information on American immigration. --LIBRARY JOURNAL