Asian Americans in the Twenty-First Century

Asian Americans in the Twenty-First Century

by Joann Faung Jean Lee


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781595581525
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 09/01/2008
Pages: 277
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Joann Faung Jean Lee is the author of the oral histories Asian Americans and Asian Americans in the Twenty-first Century, both published by The New Press, and of Asian American Actors: Oral Histories from Stage, Screen, and Television. She currently teaches at William Paterson University and previously taught at Queens College, CUNY, and at the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. Lee was formerly a broadcast journalist for CNN. She lives in Northvale, New Jersey.

Table of Contents

Introduction     1
Living in America
Circle of Life
Asian Americans as a Movement   Dale Minami     11
From Toi Shan to the Olympic Peninsula Gateway   Ark Chin     16
The Promise of America   Hoan Dang     23
Settling In
It's About More Than Hitting the Books   Susim Chen     31
No Dating, Just Get Married   Qing Shan Liang     37
Making a New Life   Frank Bai     44
Aspects of Americanization
Answering the Call
Changing the Tide of History   Dale Minami     51
Into the Governor's Mansion   Gary Locke     59
Restaurant, Public Office, Even Bruce Lee   Ruby Chow     71
Grassroots Victories   Cheryl Chow     76
Marriage and the Green Card   Shamita Das Dasgupta     84
Building an Orphanage in China   Ark Chin     87
Passion for Music
Cowboy from Japan   Hank Sasaki     93
Jimi Hendrix of the Ukulele   Jake Shimabukuro     101
The Fortune Cookies   Joann Lee     107
Growing Up
From Laos to Iowa   Steve Thao     111
Harlan, Kentucky   Albert Lee     115
Growing Up in Los Angeles   Daniel Jung     119
Portland, Oregon   Jeff Andrada     128
Growing Up in Hawaii   Jake Shimabukuro     133
Between Continents   David Tang     137
Education, Expectations, Work
Cultural Anchors   Laura Jung     142
Of Work and Family   Agnes Braga     149
An Editor of Entertainment News   Albert Lee     153
Views from Within
Chinatown, New York   Corky Lee     157
Of Japanese Towns and Cultural Communities   Dale Minami     163
Hmong Community   Steve Thao     167
Vietnamese in Maryland   Hoan Dang     178
Living Outside of Koreatown   Laura   Daniel Jung     183
Claiming Space   Shamita Das Dasgupta     186
After September 11
Very Tough Times   Veronica Leung     191
New York's Chinatown: Getting Back on Its Feet   Corky Lee     195
Within the South Asian Community   Shamita Das Dasgupta     198
Journeys and Passages
Reconnecting   Naomi McWatt     203
Marriage   Gita Deane     212
Being Asian, Being Gay   Albert Lee     225
Adopted, from Seoul to New Jersey   Karl Ludwig     228
Found   Kristen Houghton     239
Three Generations
Of Personal Challenges and Triumphs   Ark Chin     247
Journeys of Self Discovery   Candace Chin     252
Hapa with Strong Chinese Roots   Susha Pratt     258
Notes     265
Index     271

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