The Columbia Guide to Asian American History

The Columbia Guide to Asian American History

by Gary Okihiro

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ISBN-13: 9780231505956
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 03/30/2005
Series: Columbia Guides to American History and Cultures
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
File size: 18 MB
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About the Author

Gary Y. Okihiro is director of the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race and professor of international and public affairs at Columbia University. The recipient of the American Studies Association's Lifetime Achievement Award and a past president of the Association for Asian American Studies, he is the author of many books, including Margins and Mainstreams: Asians in American History and Culture (Outstanding Book, Gustavus Myers Center Award for the Study of Human Rights in North America).

Table of Contents

Part 1: Narrative Overview
1. Narrative History
2. Periodization
Part 2: Historical Debates
1. Hawaii's Population Before European Contact
2. Hawaiians and Captain James Cook
3. Migration
4. The Anti-Chinese Movement
5. America's Concentration Camps
Part 3: Emerging Themes
1. Space
2. Women and Gender
3. The Law
4. Japanese American Resistance
Part 4: Chronology
Part 5: Historiography and Resources
1. Historiography
2. Resources

What People are Saying About This

George Lipsitz

An indispensable resource—the one book that everyone who reads, teaches, or writes Asian American history will turn to first for its insights, analyses, overviews, and guides to resources. Okihiro captures the dynamism of the field brilliantly by highlighting long standing debates and emerging themes as well as the cumulative consensus that has emerged from the by-now large body of research produced by historians of Asian America. Comprehensive and complete in its coverage of Asian America, this volume also distinguishes itself as a sensitive and self-reflexive rumination about the general processes of the historian's craft.

Richard Polenberg

Comprehensive, wide-ranging, and authoritative, Gary Y. Okihiro's work offers a superbly well-informed appraisal of the development of the field of Asian American history, its current status, and the new directions in which it is moving. The book will be indispensable for scholars and students in all fields of American history, for as Okihiro amply demonstrates: 'Asian American history is an account of America's past. It is America writ large.'

Mari Jo Buhle

A comprehensive and well-organized guide to scholarship and, moreover, includes a lucid narrative and assessment of the major historical debates in the field. It will prove an invaluable reference tool to specialists in Asian American history as well as to students and teachers in American studies in general.

Mari Jo Buhle, Brown University

Paul Boyer

A monumental achievement! Gary Okihiro has made a major contribution to the exciting field of Asian-American Studies. In graceful, readable prose, with a confident mastery of the relevant scholarship, he offers a narrative overview, a thoughtful exploration of contested interpretive issues, a survey of emerging themes, and a guide to the historical sources. This invaluable work illuminates the experience of Asian and Pacific Island groups that are central to America's past, present—and future. This is American history at its newest and best.

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