May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. A rather broad term, Asian/Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).
[I]n 1992, Congress...designated May as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.
This information was taken from https://asianpacificheritage.gov/about/, a collaborative project of the Library of Congress and the National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
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In this kaleidoscopic critique, Prashad looks into the complexities faced by the members of a “model minority”-one, he claims, that is consistently deployed as "a weapon in the war against black America."
Often provocative and always thoughtful, this book addresses some of the most controversial contemporary issues: discrimination, immigration, diversity, globalization, and the mixed-race movement, introducing the example of Asian Americans to shed new light on the current debates.
Exploring a century of Chinese migrations, Madeline Hsu looks at how the model minority characteristics of many Asian Americans resulted from US policies that screened for those with the highest credentials in the most employable fields, enhancing American economic competitiveness.
The brutal and systematic "ethnic cleansing" of Chinese-Americans in California and the Pacific Northwest in the second half of the 19th century is a shocking and virtually unexplored chapter of American history. Driven Out unearths this forgotten episode in our nation's past.
Playwrights and audiences alike have been fascinated with racial difference, and this fascination has depended upon a process of fetishization. By the time Asians appeared in the United States, the framework for their constructed Lotus Blossom and Charlie Chan stereotypes had preceded them.
Considers how Asian-American racial identity and queer sexuality interconnect in mutually shaping and complicating ways. This title approaches matters of identity from a variety of points of view and academic disciplines in order to explore the multiple crossings of race and ethnicity with sexuality and gender.
Public health authorities depicted Chinese immigrants as filthy and diseased, as the carriers of such incurable afflictions as smallpox, syphilis, and bubonic plague...Shah shows how Chinese Americans responded to health regulations and allegations with persuasive political speeches, lawsuits, boycotts, violent protests, and poems.
This work provides a historical study of Asian/Pacific women's diverse experiences in America. It covers topics from pre-large scale Asian emigration and Hawaii in its pre-Western contact period to the continental US, Philippines, and Guam at the end of the 20th century.
A history tracing the growth of Stockton, California's Filipina/o American community, the birth and eventual destruction of the neighborhood of Little Manila, and recent efforts to remember and preserve it.
There are some three million Asian American children under age 18 living in the United States today. Hailing from 29 subgroups that differ in language, religion, and customs, they can be one of the most challenging groups to research and understand.
[The authors] offer critical recommendations for teachers, social workers, school psychologists, school administrators, bilingual professionals, and policy makers who work with Asian Pacific American children and youth so they can make a difference in the lives of Asian Pacific American students and address their unmet needs.
The book provides information on how students with different cultural backgrounds and learning styles react, behave, and learn in a classroom and how teachers can use that knowledge to create a community of learners.
Since the first three documented Chinese arrived in the U.S. in 1848, more than six million Asians have followed. Their stories provide a fascinating picture of diverse cultural attitudes against a common American backdrop.
In her award-winning book The Woman Warrior, Maxine Hong Kingston created an entirely new form-an exhilarating blend of autobiography and mythology, of world and self, of hot rage and cool analysis. First published in 1976, it has become a classic in its innovative portrayal of multiple and intersecting identities-immigrant, female, Chinese, American.
A portrait of the Korean people, one of the fastest-growing immigrant groups in the USA. More than 50 people - including a rapper, an array of artists, a Buddhist monk and several fundamentalist Christians - examine where and how they fit into American society.
One day she was Kim Ji-yun, growing up in Seoul, Korea. The next day she was Catherine Jeanne Robinson, living with her new American family in Salt Lake City, Utah. Twenty years later, Robinson returned to Seoul in search of her birth mother--and found herself an American outsider in her native land.
When she was a girl, Lisa See spent summers in the cool, dark recesses of her family's antiques store in Los Angeles Chinatown. There, her grandmother and great-aunt told her intriguing, colorful stories about their family's past - stories of missionaries, concubines, long wars, glamorous nightclubs, and the determined struggle to triumph over racist laws and discrimination.
Writing in her grandmother's voice, Helie Lee depicts the concerns and conflicts that shaped one family's search for home. Evocative and keenly felt, Still Life with Rice interprets issues that touch all of us: the complex nature of family relations, the impact of social upheaval on an individual, and the rapidly changing lives of women in this century.
The Beijing Duck House in Rockville, Maryland, is not only a beloved go-to setting for hunger pangs and celebrations; it is its own world, owned and run by the Han family and inhabited by waiters and kitchen staff who have been fighting, loving, and aging within its walls for decades.
"Lianke tramples on the sacrosanct taboos of the army, the revolution, sexuality, and political etiquette in this funny, subversive critique of official corruption, the hypocrisy of leadership, and the insanity of the cultural revolution"--Page 4 of cover.
Korean-American Henry Park is a "surreptitious, B+ student of life, illegal alien, emotional alien, yellow peril: neo-American, stranger, follower, traitor, spy..." or so says his wife, in the list she writes upon leaving him. Henry is forever uncertain of his place, a perpetual outsider looking at American culture from a distance. As a man of two worlds, he is beginning to fear that he has betrayed both -- and belongs to neither.
Stories about Indians in India and America. The story, 'A Temporary Matter, ' is on mixed marriage, 'Mrs. Sen's' is on the adaptation of an immigrant to the U.S., and in the title story, an interpreter guides an American family through the India of their ancestors.
Meet the Ganguli family, new arrivals from Calcutta, trying their best to become Americans even as they pine for home. The name they bestow on their firstborn, Gogol, betrays all the conflicts of honoring tradition in a new world -- conflicts that will haunt Gogol on his own winding path through divided loyalties, comic detours, and wrenching love affairs.
A collection of Asian American poetry, prose, and drama including stories by Sui Sin Far, poems from the Songs of Gold Mountains and poems by Wing Tek Lum and Lawson Fusao Inada, and excerpts from several novels.
In researching accounts of diasporic Chinese offspring who returned to their parents' ancestral country, author Patricia Chu learned that she was not alone in the experience of growing up in America with an abstract affinity to an ancestral homeland and community.
In her first collection, the author confronts a number of difficult subjects - colonialism, the Korean War, emigration, racism and love. She considers what a homeland would be for a divided nation and a divided self; what it means to enter language, the body the family and the community.
A broad survey of the Samoan arts has not been published since the 1930s. This volume presents a contemporary survey of art in Samoa, drawing on the extensive research base that exists and reintroducing this information in a refreshing and accessible text with extensive illustrations.
In this empowering deconstruction of the so-called American Dream, a twelve-year-old Japanese American girl grapples with, and ultimately rises above, the racism and trials of middle school she experiences while chasing her dreams.
No-No Boy tells the story of Ichiro Yamada, a fictional version of the real-life “no-no boys.” Yamada answered “no” twice in a compulsory government questionnaire as to whether he would serve in the armed forces and swear loyalty to the United States. Unwilling to pledge himself to the country that interned him and his family, Ichiro earns two years in prison and the hostility of his family and community when he returns home to Seattle.
As a young boy, Bao Phi awoke early, hours before his father's long workday began, to fish on the shores of a small pond in Minneapolis. Unlike many other anglers, Bao and his father fished for food, not recreation. Between hope-filled casts, Bao's father told him about a different pond in their homeland of Vietnam.