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Book Title: The Making of Asian America: A History|
The author of the book: Erika Lee
Date of issue: September 1st 2015
ISBN 13: 9781476739403
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 750 KB
Edition: Simon & Schuster
Read full description of the books The Making of Asian America: A History: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.
Read information about the authorI’m a writer, teacher, wife, and mom who loves reading and writing.
I’m a historian who still does history the old-fashioned way by doing research in the archives and gets excited finding dusty documents, but I’m also fully immersed in the 21st century as a #twitterstorian who is helping to build a digital archive of immigrant digital stories.
I write about immigrants, Asian Americans, and race as a way to understand America in the past and present. I write history “from the bottom up,” focusing on everyday people and their role in American life, and I believe that history matters. What we understand about our past shapes both our identities and our actions today.
I grew up in the Bay Area, went to college in Boston, moved back to Berkeley for graduate school and have lived in Minneapolis for seventeen years.
I’ve had the privilege of writing and publishing three books and have been thrilled to see them being used in classrooms, in museum exhibits, in children’s books, and as resources for other scholars.
I read a lot for work – mostly academic books and articles for my own research – but I also read a lot of memoirs and autobiographies to use in the classroom. In my downtime, I love reading and re-reading Jane Austen, J.K. Rowling, and books about travel. I especially love reading with my two sons and am very proud to have read the entire Harry Potter series aloud (complete with different voices) to them.
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