Everything You Need to Know about Asian-American History

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One can hardly understand American history without knowing the crucial role people of Asian ancestry have played in shaping our past, politics, and culture. Yet many standard history books fail to fully capture the contributions and experiences of Asian Americans, and too many of us know little more about these people and their customs than Bruce Lee movies and take-out Chinese food. For example, you may not know that tennis star Michael Chang is the youngest player to ever win a U.S. Open match. Or that ...
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Overview

One can hardly understand American history without knowing the crucial role people of Asian ancestry have played in shaping our past, politics, and culture. Yet many standard history books fail to fully capture the contributions and experiences of Asian Americans, and too many of us know little more about these people and their customs than Bruce Lee movies and take-out Chinese food. For example, you may not know that tennis star Michael Chang is the youngest player to ever win a U.S. Open match. Or that traditionally the hula is a religious dance performed in remembrance of Hawaiian gods. Or that ginseng, a popular herbal remedy, was first grown in the forests of Korea. In a lively question-and-answer format, this informative guide chronicles all the important dates and figures in Asian-American history, and also provides a complete understanding of the traditions and ideas that people of Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean, Indian, and Pacific Island descent have brought to bear on American life.
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Authors Cao (international business law, Brooklyn Law Sch.) and Novas (Everything You Need To Know about Latino History, Dutton, 1994) use a question-and-answer format to provide information about most of the Asian and Pacific Islander groups in the United States. The authors include the history of immigration, cultural aspects (food, holidays, religions), racial/cultural problems experienced by the various groups, and short biographical sketches of prominent individuals. The format and compact size and price are attractive, but information on the Filipinos and the Pacific Islanders is incomplete, with serious omissions of people and events that fall within the time span covered in other chapters (for example, there is no mention of the 1994 election of a Filipino American as Hawaii's governor or biographies of prominent Pacific Islanders such as Greg Louganis). The Asian American Almanac (Gale, 1995), while more expensive, is a much better resource for public and school libraries.Katharine L. Kan, Hawaii State Lib., Honolulu
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780613100861
  • Publisher: San Val
  • Publication date: 8/28/1996
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Product dimensions: 4.26 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Lan Cao is the author of Monkey Bridge. She lives in southern California.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
How to Read This Book
Introduction
Chinese Americans 1
Japanese Americans 75
Filipino Americans 154
Southeast Asian Americans 186
Korean Americans 248
Asian Indian Americans 284
Pacific Islander Americans 308
Recommended Reading 339
Index 356
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2001

    If you like trivia or quick tidbits, this book's for you!

    This book is excellent for those who want to learn more about Asian Pacific Americans, but don't necessarily feel like doing major research on the topic. It is very informative and gets to the point. This book grabs your attention and will continue to do so until you've realized that the book is finished.

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