School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 6-Up These series entries describe when and why residents of China and Russia emigrated to the U.S., their journeys here, the work they found, the prejudice they encountered, their lifestyles, and their efforts to assimilate into American culture while still retaining values and traditions from their homelands. The clear, lively texts weave in many first-person accounts and expand information in numerous sidebars and boxes. Bloom's book is more in-depth than Alexandra Bandon's Chinese Americans (Macmillan, 1994; o.p.) and includes a separate chapter on the Chinese in Hawaii. Malvasi's title updates but has less history than Paul R. Magocsi's The Russian Americans (Chelsea, 1995; o.p.). The immigration of Jews from Russia receives substantial coverage. Unfortunate geographical errors have the Great Wall on China's "western" border and Russians traveling "north" from Moscow and St. Petersburg to Vladivostok. Occasional reproductions and often-fuzzy black-and-white photographs contribute to a dreary format of pages with double-columned text. Otherwise, with their extensive footnotes and bibliographies (although some of the Web sites are no longer available), these are solid choices for reports. -Diane S. Marton, Arlington County Library, VA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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