Strangers from a Different Shore: A History of Asian Americans Au of...

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In an extraordinary blend of narrative history, personal recollection, & oral testimony, the author presents a sweeping history of Asian Americans. He writes of the Chinese who laid tracks for the transcontinental railroad, of plantation laborers in the canefields of Hawaii, of "picture brides" marrying strangers in the hope of becoming part of the American dream. He tells stories of Japanese Americans behind the barbed wire of U.S. internment camps during World War II, Hmong refugees tragically unable to ...

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In an extraordinary blend of narrative history, personal recollection, & oral testimony, the author presents a sweeping history of Asian Americans. He writes of the Chinese who laid tracks for the transcontinental railroad, of plantation laborers in the canefields of Hawaii, of "picture brides" marrying strangers in the hope of becoming part of the American dream. He tells stories of Japanese Americans behind the barbed wire of U.S. internment camps during World War II, Hmong refugees tragically unable to adjust to Wisconsin's alien climate & culture, & Asian American students stigmatized by the stereotype of the "model minority." This is a powerful & moving work that will resonate for all Americans, who together make up a nation of immigrants from other shores.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316831307
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 9/23/1998
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 640
  • Sales rank: 219,116
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the New Edition: Confronting "Cultural Literacy": The Redefining of America
1 From a Different Shore: Their History Bursts with Telling 3
2 Overblown with Hope: The First Wave of Asian Immigration 21
3 Gam Saan Haak: The Chinese in Nineteenth-Century America 79
4 Raising Cane: The World of Plantation Hawaii 132
5 Ethnic Solidarity: The Settling of Japanese America 179
6 Ethnic Islands: The Emergence of Urban Chinese America 230
7 Struggling Against Colonialism: Koreans in America 270
8 "The Tide of Turbans": Asian Indians in America 294
9 Dollar a Day, Dime a Dance: The Forgotten Filipinos 315
10 The Watershed of World War II: Democracy and Race 357
11 "Strangers" at the Gates Again: Post-1965 406
12 Breaking Silences: Community of Memory 472
13 One-Tenth of the Nation: Asian Americans in the Twenty-First Century 492
A Note of Appreciation 511
Notes 513
Index 576
About the Author 592
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  • Posted January 31, 2012

    Highly Recommend

    The book was in excellent condition and I got it in a few days

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2001

    Most compelling book ever...

    This book is one of the most compelling books ever written. It evokes sympathy while at the same time erases ignorance that pervades the Asian-American community. It incorporates Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, Filipinos, Indians, Vietnamese, and other Asian races into one story of suffrage and survival.

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