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.
Subjects: History, Sociology
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