School Library JournalGr 3-6-These two volumes are meant to teach readers about the ethnic backgrounds and contributions of immigrant groups to their adopted homeland. The first book offers a curiously vague treatment of Vietnamese history, especially the Vietnam War and the role of the United States government in it. Problems of adjustment are addressed, but they focus on generalities such as the transition from rural environments to urban ones or from a hot, humid climate to a cold one. While the text mentions some forms of discrimination felt by this group, it specifically points out that the skills of Vietnamese fishermen are held in high regard, which belies the experience of many fishing families in Texas. The book ends with lots more generalities-some students do poorly in school, while others excel; young Vietnamese Americans enjoy riding bikes and in-line skating. These statements do not add to readers' understanding and appreciation of this immigrant group. The second book begins with a discussion of the discrimination that Japanese Americans have endured, but does not address their internment during World War II until 11 pages later. It raises more questions than it answers and, at times, readers are not even given enough information to ask the right questions. The description of life in early Japan suggests that people were either farmers or samurai. No explanation is given for how Commodore Perry got the Japanese leaders to "open up" the nation to foreign trade. Both titles have attractive full-color and black-and-white photos and limited glossaries.-Edith Ching, St. Albans School, Mt. St. Alban, Washington, DC Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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