The Chinese in America / Edition 464

The Chinese in America / Edition 464

by Susie Lan Cassel
     
 

ISBN-10: 0759100012

ISBN-13: 9780759100015

Pub. Date: 05/15/2002

Publisher: AltaMira Press

Cassel's volume traces the history of the experience of Chinese immigrants to America. The recent extraordinary tragedy of Wen Ho Lee regarding accusations at the nuclear facility at Los Alamos point to an ongoing systemic and institutionalized racism in American society. The contributors to this volume review how the Chinese in America have alternately been courted…  See more details below

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Cassel's volume traces the history of the experience of Chinese immigrants to America. The recent extraordinary tragedy of Wen Ho Lee regarding accusations at the nuclear facility at Los Alamos point to an ongoing systemic and institutionalized racism in American society. The contributors to this volume review how the Chinese in America have alternately been courted as "model workers" by American business but also perceived as perpetual foreigners. These two opposing threads are examined in this collection, from a variety of disciplinary fields, to contribute to our understanding of the themes and issues that have shaped Chinese American studies, beginning with the arrival of Chinese gold miners in 1849 to the present. As we embark upon the "Pacific Century" with an increasingly large presence of Asians in America—in the United States, Canada, and Mexico—the authors trace the changes, heterogeneity and tenacity of immigrants who continue to live in a world in which a pervasive and simultaneous politics of polarity has come to define the Chinese experience on this continent. "The Chinese in America" is published in cooperation with the Chinese Historical Society of Greater San Diego and Baja California.The book should be a valuable text in Chinese American studies, Asian American history, immigration studies, and American history.

Author Biography: Susie Lan Cassel teaches Literature and Writing Studies at California State University, San Marcos, specializing in Asian American and Multicultural American literature.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780759100015
Publisher:
AltaMira Press
Publication date:
05/15/2002
Series:
Critical Perspectives on Asian Pacific Americans Series, #10
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
5.94(w) x 8.82(h) x 0.95(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Acknowledgments
Introduction: One Hundred and Fifty Years of Chinese in America: The Politics of Polarity1
1The Social Origins of Early Chinese Immigrants: A Revisionist Perspective21
2Chinese Placer Mining in the United States: An Example from American Canyon, Nevada37
3To Inscribe the Self Daily: The Discovery of the Ah Quin Diary54
4Exploring New Frontiers in Chinese American History: The Anti-Chinese Riot in Milwaukee, 188977
5Riot in Unionville, Nevada: A Turning Point91
6Telling Their Own Stories: Chinese Canadian Biography as a Historical Genre106
7The Recurrent Image of the Coolie: Representations of Chinese American Labor in American Periodicals, 1900-1924124
8The Rise and Fall of the Chinese Fisheries in California140
9The Seaweed Gatherers on the Central Coast of California156
10The Five Eras of Chinese Medicine in California174
11The Chinese Empire Reform Association (Baohuanghui) and the 1905 Anti-American Boycott: The Power of a Voluntary Association195
12Between Two Worlds: The Zhigongtang and Chinese American Funerary Rituals217
13Family and Culture in the Control of the Delinquent Chinese Boy in America239
14Unbound Feet: A Metaphor for the Transformation of the Chinese Immigrant Female in Chinese American Literature260
15Nationalism, Orientalism, and an Unequal Treatise of Ethnography: The Making of The Good Earth274
16The "In Search of Roots" Program: Constructing Identity through Family History Research and a Journey to the Ancestral Land293
17Ah Quin: One of San Diego's Founding Fathers308
18Contesting Identities: Youth Rebellion in San Francisco's Chinese New Year Festivals, 1953-1969329
19Mothers' "China Narrative": Recollection and Translation in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club and The Kitchen God's Wife351
20Finding the Right Gesture: Becoming Chinese American in Fae Myenne Ng's Bone365
21Archaeological Investigations of Life within the Woolen Mills Chinatown, San Jose381
22The Chinese Immigrants in Baja California: From the Cotton Fields to the City, 1920-1940399
23The Urban Pattern of Portland, Oregon's First Chinatown416
24The Diverse Nature of San Diego's Chinese American Communities434
Index449
About the Contributors457

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