The Chinese Americans

The Chinese Americans

The Chinese Americans

The Chinese Americans

Synopsis

The Chinese Americans is the definitive source on the entire Chinese American experience, from Chinese sailors first arriving in the 1780s up to today. The most authoritative and comprehensive in scope, this volume chronicles the history of the Chinese diaspora to the United States and the economic, social, and political struggles of Chinese Americans, one of our largest and most prominent ethnic groups. Along with a survey of Chinese American contributions to art, literature, and film, Tong presents a thoughtful look at the fluid Chinese American identities, through the lenses of the "model minority," assimilation, evolving family life, women's roles, and gays and lesbians. Biographical portraits of many notable Chinese Americans enhance the text.

Excerpt

Oscar Handlin, a prominent historian, once wrote, "I thought to write a history of the immigrants in America. Then I discovered that the immigrants were American history." The United States has always been a nation of nations where people from every region of the world have come to begin a new life. Other countries such as Canada, Argentina, and Australia also have had substantial immigration, but the United States is still unique in the diversity of nationalities and the great numbers of migrating people who have come to its shores.

Who are these immigrants? Why did they decide to come? How well have they adjusted to this new land? What has been the reaction to them? These are some of the questions the books in this "New Americans" series seek to answer. There have been many studies about earlier waves of immigrants -- e.g., the English, Irish, Germans, Jews, Italians, and Poles -- but relatively little has been written about the newer groups -- those arriving in the last thirty years, since the passage of a new immigration law in 1965. This series is designed to correct that situation and to introduce these groups to the rest of America.

Each book in the series discusses one of these groups, and each is written by an expert on those immigrants. The volumes cover the new migration from primarily Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean, including: the Koreans, Cambodians, Filipinos, Vietnamese, South Asians such as Indians and Pakistanis, Chinese from both China and Taiwan, Haitians, Jamaicans, Cubans, Dominicans, Mexicans, Puerto Ricans (even though they are already U.S. citizens), and Jews from the former Soviet Union. Although some of . . .

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