A selection of new acquisitions are listed under New Books.
It is important to know which population you want to study or research. The experiences of the recently arrived Hmong community are much different than those of the Japanese Americans who were interned during WWII or the experiences of the Filipinos in Hawaii. When searching the MSU Library online catalog for books, you can try more global keyword or subject terms like Asian Americans or Pacific Islander Americans. However, if you want to focus more, try more specific terms such as Chinese Americans, Japanese Americans, Korean Americans, Samoan Americans, Vietnamese Americans, etc. For persons with roots in the Philippines, use Filipino Americans.
Other related terms useful to identify populations when searching the MSU Library online catalog and other databases like WorldCat include: racially mixed people, bi-racial/biracial persons, and multiracial people.
A geographic or thematic qualifier may also be included to narrow the search in a very expansive subject area. For instance try Asian Americans-- Michigan as a geographic qualifier. Thematic qualifiers are a little more complex; try Asian Americans--History or Asian Americans--Biography will work, but use American fiction Asian American authors instead of Asian American fiction.
Americans First : Chinese Americans and the Second World War / K. Scott Wong. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2005. 256pp. Main Library E184.C5 W65 2005 : World War II was a watershed event for many of America's minorities, but its impact on Chinese Americans has been largely ignored. Utilizing extensive archival research as well as oral histories and letters from over one hundred informants, K. Scott Wong explores how Chinese Americans carved a newly respected and secure place for themselves in American society during the war years....Long the victims of racial prejudice and discriminatory immigration practices, Chinese Americans struggled to transform their image in the nation's eyes. As Americans racialized the Japanese enemy abroad and interned Japanese Americans at home, Chinese citizens sought to distinguish themselves by venturing beyond the confines of Chinatown to join the military and various defense industries in record numbers. Wong offers the first in-depth account of Chinese Americans in the American military, tracing the history of the 14th Air Service Group, a segregated unit comprising over 1,200 men, and examining how their war service contributed to their social mobility and the shaping of their ethnic identity....Americans First pays tribute to a generation of young men and women who, torn between loyalties to their parents' traditions and their growing identification with America and tormented by the pervasive racism of wartime America, served their country with patriotism and courage. Consciously developing their image as a "model minority," often at the expense of the Japanese and Japanese Americans, Chinese Americans created the pervasive image of Asian Americans that still resonates today.
Asian American Dreams : the Emergence of An American People / Helen Zia. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2000. 356pp. Main Library E184.O6 Z53 2000 : While growing up in New Jersey in the 1950s and '60s, Zia was provided with plenty of American history by her teachers, while her father inundated her with stories of China's past. Yet she was left wondering about people like herself, Asian Americans, who seemed to be "MIH--Missing in History." In this ambitious and richly detailed account of the formation of the Asian-American community--which extends from the first major wave of immigration to Gold Mountain" (as the Chinese dubbed America during the gold rush) to the recent influx of Southeast Asians, who since 1975 have nearly doubled the Asian-American population--Zia fills those absences, while examining the complex origins of the events she relates. The result is a vivid personal and national history, in which Zia guides us through a range of recent flash points that have galvanized the Asian-American community. Among them are the brutal, racially motivated murder of Vincent Chin in Detroit in 1982; the devastating riots in Los Angeles in 1992, where almost half of the $1 billion in damages to the city were sustained by Korean-American shop owners; and the embattled South Asian New York City cab drivers who, in May of 1998, banded together with the New York Taxi Workers alliance and pulled off a citywide strike. The recent boom in the Asian-American population (from half a million in the 1950s to 7.3 million in 1990), coupled with Zia's fresh perspective, makes it unlikely that their stories will go missing again.
Asian Americans : An Interpretive History / Sucheng Chan. Boston : Twayne, c1991. 242pp. Main Library E184.O6 C47 1991 : Chan (history and Asian American studies, Univ. of California) has written an excellent introduction to the history of Asians in the United States from the 1840s to the present. Based upon existing scholarship, Chan portrays Asian-Americans not just as victims of racial discrimination, but as agents of change attempting to shape their own destinies. Thus, exclusionary laws and incidents of anti-Asian violence are countered by examples of legal or political action on the part of individuals or groups to improve their conditions. Despite their successes, Chan cautions against accepting the image of Asians as the "model minority," pointing out differences among Asian groups and continued discriminatory barriers. Including a chronology and filmography, this is an essential purchase for undergraduate collections, especially where issues of diversity have introduced a need for a concise overview of this subject.
Asian Indians in Michigan / Arthur W. Helweg. East Lansing : Michigan State University Press, c2002. 95pp. Main Library F575.E2 H45 2002 : Since 1970, Asian Indians have increasingly called Michigan home. Representative of the "new immigration," Asian Indians originate from a democratic country, are well-educated, and come from middle- and upper-class families. Unlike older immigrant groups, Asian Indians do not form urban ethnic enclaves or found their own communities to meet the challenges of living in a new society. As Arthur W. Helweg shows, Asian Indians in Michigan contribute to the richness and diversity of Michigan's culture through active participation in local institutions, while maintaining a strong ethnic identity rooted in India.
Becoming Chinese American : a history of communities and institutions / Him Mark Lai. Walnut Creek, CA : AltaMira, c2004. 387pp. Main Library E184.C5 L355 2004 : A noted Chinese American scholar, Lai has researched and written on Chinese American history since the 1960s. In 1969, he taught the first college level course on the topic in the U.S. and has played an active role in legitimizing the study of Chinese America in mainstream academia. This text brings together a collection of nine of Lai's essays on key issues and institutions in Chinese American life, making his work accessible to a wider American audience for the first time. For scholars of Asia and Asian American studies, American history, ethnicity, and immigration.
The Chinese Americans / Benson Tong. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2000. 248pp. Main Library E184.C5 T63 2000 : 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. Part of the New Americans series.
The Contemporary Asian American Experience : Beyond The Model Minority / Timothy P. Fong. Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Prentice Hall, c2008. 3rd edition, 388pp. Main Library E184.O6 F66 2008 : This book examines the contemporary history, culture, and social relationships that form the fundamental issues confronted by Asians in America today. Comprehensive, yet concise, it focuses on a broad range of issues, and features a unique comparative approach that analyzes how race, class, and gender intersect throughout the contemporary Asian American experience. Chapter topics cover the history of Asians in America; emerging communities, changing realities; Asian Americans and educational opportunity; workplace issues; anti-Asian violence; Asian Americans and the media; Asian American families and identities; and political empowerment. For anyone interested in an understanding and awareness beyond the simplistic stereotype of the “model minority”—through the exposure to important concerns of Asian American groups and communities.
Contemporary Asian America : A Multidisciplinary Reader / edited by Min Zhou and J.V. Gatewood. New York : New York University Press, c2007. 2nd edition, 584pp. Main Library E184.O6 C66 2007 : Whenthis book was first published, it exposed its readers to developments within the discipline, from its inception as part of the ethnic consciousness movement of the 1960s to the more contemporary theoretical and practical issues facing Asian America at the century's end. This new edition features a number of fresh entries and updated material. It covers such topics as Asian American activism, immigration, community formation, family relations, gender roles, sexuality, identity, struggle for social justice, interethnic conflict/coalition, and political participation. As in the first edition, Contemporary Asian America provides an expansive introduction to the central readings in Asian American Studies, presenting a grounded theoretical orientation to the discipline and framing key historical, cultural, economic, and social themes with a social science focus. This critical text offers a broad overview of Asian American studies and the current state of Asian America.
Driven Out : The Forgotten War Against Chinese Americans / Jean Pfaelzer. New York : Random House, c2007. 400pp. Main Library F870.C5 P48 2007 : Pfaelzer, professor of American studies, reveals one of the most disgraceful chapters in American history--the purging of thousands of Chinese immigrants in the Pacific Northwest and Rocky Mountain region between 1850 and 1906. Drawing on newspaper accounts, diaries, legal pleadings, and photographs, Pfaelzer retells the story of the horrific purge of the Chinese. Testifying in their own words, Chinese businessmen recall being driven out of their shops, while women tell of being forced into prostitution; they were driven from gold mines, orchards, and small towns in the booming West. The Chinese responded with defenses from boycotts to lawsuits asking for reparations, challenges to police harassment, shipments of arms from China, and pressure on the Chinese government to intervene. Pfaelzer also catalogs the racist images of docile and dirty Chinese subject to lynchings, night raids, murder, expulsion, and deportation. She compares the expulsions to those in Nazi Germany, as well as modern Rwanda and Bosnia, and puts the Driven Out campaign into the broader context of American racism.
Emerging voices : experiences of underrepresented Asian Americans / edited by Huping Ling. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2008. 265pp. Main Library E184.S69 E64 2008 : While a growing number of popular and scholarly works focus on Asian Americans, most are devoted to the experiences of larger groups such as Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, and Indian Americans. As the field grows, there is a pressing need to understand the smaller and more recent immigrant communities. Emerging Voices fills this gap with its unique and compelling discussion of underrepresented groups, including Burmese, Indonesian, Mong, Hmong, Nepalese, Romani, Tibetan, and Thai Americans. Unlike the earlier and larger groups of Asian immigrants to America, many of whom made the choice to emigrate to seek better economic opportunities, many of the groups discussed in this volume fled war or political persecution in their homeland. Forced to make drastic transitions in America with little physical or psychological preparation, questions of “why am I here,” “who am I,” and “why am I discriminated against,” remain at the heart of their post-emigration experiences. Bringing together eminent scholars from a variety of disciplines, this collection considers a wide range of themes, including assimilation and adaptation, immigration patterns, community, education, ethnicity, economics, family, gender, marriage, religion, sexuality, and work.
The Filipino Americans / Barbara M. Posadas. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1999. 190pp. Main Library E184.F4 P67 1999 : In the year 2000, Filipino Americans will be the largest Asian American group. This volume is the first detailed historical study of the major post-1965 immigration of Filipinos to the United States. It provides comprehensive coverage of the recent Filipino American experience, from the pivotal Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, under which most Filipinos entered this country, to their values and customs, economic and political status, organizational affiliations, and contemporary issues and problems. Students and interested readers will be rewarded with a rich portrayal of individual immigrants and their stories. Part of the New American series.
The Filipino Americans : From 1763 to the Present : Their History, Culture, and Traditions / Veltisezar Bautista. Farmington Hills, MI : Bookhaus Pub., c1998. 254pp. Main Library E184.F4 B38 1998 : "In commemoration of the centennials of the Philippine Revolution (1896), the Philippine Independence (1898), and the Philippine-American War (1899)." Traces the history of Filipino Americans in America all the way back to the Manilamen, who jumped ship from Spanish galleons and settled in the bayous of Louisiana as early as 1763. Describes how Filipino pioneers came to America, how they make their living, and how the present-day Filipino Americans are making their own place in American history and society.
Filipino Women in Detroit : 1945-1955 : oral histories from the Filipino American Oral History Project of Michigan / Joseph A. Galura & Emily P. Lawsin. Ann Arbor : OCSL Press, University of Michigan, c2002. 65pp. F574.D49 F5 2002 : Who were the women who immigrated to Detroit from the Philippines following World War Two? What challenges did they face? What strategies of survival can readers learn from these experiences? This book examines the lives of three Filipina American women, Tomasa Balberone, Rosalina Regala, and Isabel Galura, as they tell their stories in their own words. Grouped along the themes of War, America, Community, and Family, these women’s oral histories reflect the different types of Filipina women who immigrated to Michigan during the post-World War II era: a war bride, a descendant of an American citizen, and a student interning in health care. Their transcripts and photographs chart the patterns of Filipino American migration, housing, labor, courtship, family systems, ethnic identity, and community formation in urban and suburban areas of Michigan. Several features have been included about Filipino American and Detroit history to help the reader contextualize the narratives. Through these oral histories, we gain insight into the world of three friends, now retired in their 70s. Rooted in community service and learning, this book encompasses the work of students, faculty, staff, and community members involved in the Filipino American Oral History Project of Michigan.
From Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia : A Refugee Experience in the United States / Jeremy Hein. New York : Twayne Publishers ; London : Prentice Hall International, c1995. 193pp. Main Library HV640.5.I5 H44 1995 : Hein's book is a major addition to the study of political refugees who found asylum in the US and stayed. Married to a Cambodian refugee and close to her community, Hein is, in many ways, an "outsider within." This useful marginality is reflected in his sensitive and informative assessment of the complex process of the acculturation of those from his wife's native land and from Vietnam and Laos, too. Hein introduces his subject in the context of various sociological theories of "assimilation," then follows with two brief chapters on the political history of the crisis in Southeast Asia that prompted the exodus of more than 1,000,000 individuals. Most of the book, which deals with almost every aspect of life--family and kinship, generational conflict, work, politics, social class, and racial discrimination and responses to it--is based on personal insights, ethnographic observations, interviews, and the secondary analysis of material gathered by others. Hein offers evidence of common and differing experiences of Vietnamese, Cambodians, and both lowland and highland Laotians (the latter mainly Hmong) while indicating that because of who they are, why they came, and when (during a period of resurging emphasis on pluralism), few "Indochinese-Americans" fit easily into conventional paradigms of assimilation.
Japanese Americans : the Formation and Transformations of an Ethnic Group / Paul R. Spickard. New York : Twayne Publishers ; London : Prentice Hall International, c1996. 225pp. Main Library E184.J3 S7 1996 : In this concise history, Paul R. Spickard traces the struggles and achievements of Japanese Americans in claiming their place in American society. He outlines three forces shaping ethnic groups in general: shared interests, shared institutions, and shared culture, and chronicles the Japanese American experience within this framework, showing how these factors created and nurtured solidarity.
The Korean Americans / Won Moo Hurh. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1998. 190pp. Main Library E184.K6 H875 1998 : Korean Americans are one of the fastest growing ethnic groups in the United States. Although they share many similar cultural characteristics with other Asian Americans, the Korean Americans are unique in terms of their strong ethnic attachment, extensive participation in Christian churches, heavy involvement in self-employed small businesses, wide geographic dispersion in settlement, and the emergence of the 1.5 generation phenomenon. This book answers the following questions for the student or interested reader: - Who are the Korean people? - Why did they come to the United States? - How did they adapt to their new country? - How are they received by the majority of Americans? - What are their accomplishments, problems, and contributions to American society? Part of the New Americans series.
Major Problems in Asian American History : Documents and Essays / edited by Lon Kurashige, Alice Yang Murray. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, c2003. 522pp. Main Library E184.A75 M34 2003 : This collection, designed to be the primary anthology or textbook for courses in Asian American history, covers the subject's entire chronological span. The volume presents a carefully selected group of readings that requires students to evaluate primary sources, test the interpretations of distinguished historians, and draw their own conclusions.
The South Asian Americans / Karen Isaksen Leonard. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1997. 193pp. Main Library E184.S69 L36 1997 : Immigrants from South Asian countries are among the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population. This work, designed for students and interested readers, provides the first in-depth examination of recent South Asian immigrant groups--their history and background, current facts, comparative cultures, and contributions to contemporary American life. Groups discussed include Indians, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, Sri Lankans, Nepalis, and Afghans. The topics covered include patterns of immigration, adaptation to American life and work, cultural traditions, religious traditions, women's roles, the family, adolescence, and dating and marriage. Controversial questions are examined: Does the American political economy welcome or exploit South Asian immigrants? Are American and South Asian values compatible? Leonard shows how the American social, religious, and cultural landscape looks to these immigrants and the contributions they make to it, and she outlines the experiences and views of the various South Asian groups. Statistics and tables provide information on migration, population, income, and employment. Biographical profiles of noted South Asian Americans, a glossary of terms, and selected maps and photos complete the text.
The State of Asian America : Activism and Resistance in the 1990s / edited by Karin Aguilar-San Juan ; foreword by David Henry Hwang ; afterword by M. Annette Jaimes. Boston, MA : South End Press, c1994. 394pp. Main Library E184.O6 S7 1994 : This collection of 18 essays by activists and academics should provoke recognition that discussions of race in the U.S. must go beyond the binary black-white model. Glenn Omatsu contributes a valuable overview of Asian-American activism, dating it to the 1968 student strike at San Francisco State University. In a stimulating essay exploring the Los Angeles riots, Bong Hwan Kim notes that simply trying to foster dialogue between blacks and Koreans to solve racial tension is useless without an agenda for social transformation. Sonia Shah observes that Asian women's groups have yet to develop a specifically Asian feminism, though Asian women are victimized by highly particular stereotypes of dress, beauty and accent. Jessica Hagedorn and David Mura argue that their hybrid identities can be a source of richness. Addressing mainstream politics, Milyoung Cho traces political battles in New York City's Chinatown, warning that race-based voting can be self-defeating. Other essays address protests against the musical, Miss Saigon , domestic violence and the future of Asian-American studies.
Strangers From a Different Shore : A History of Asian Americans / Ronald Takaki. Boston : Little, Brown, c1998. 591pp. Main Library E184.O6 T35 1998 : This popular history of Asian Americans--Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, Vietnamese, Filipinos, and Indians--based frequently on primary sources, shows how they have made their presence felt in America from the early 1800s. Their immigration has been marked by the cruelty of forced labor, poverty, and intense prejudice. Many had come searching for a better life after hearing tales of gold nuggets on city streets, money on trees, and the famed "gold mountain." Instead, they found the endless chopping of sugar cane, the sweat of laundries, the backache of building railroads. Later generations discovered the lack of opportunity despite prestigious university degrees.
Surviving on the gold mountain : a history of Chinese American women and their lives / Ping Linghu. Albany, N.Y. : State University of New York Press, c1998. 252pp. Main Library E184.C5 L6 1998 : Ling provides an account of the past 150 years, drawing on archival documents, interviews, census data, contemporary newspapers in English and Chinese, and secondary literature. Among the figures brought to life are wives of merchants, farmers, laborers, prostitutes, students, and professionals. She includes some old photographs.
Survivors : Cambodian Refugees in the United States / Sucheng Chan. Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2004. 337pp. Main Library E184.K45 C48 2004 : Chan (emer., Univ. of California, Santa Barbara), the leading historian in the field of Asian American studies, has written several instant classics. This book is another one. It is a comprehensive study of the conditions in Cambodia during the 1970s and 1980s that caused refugee flight; the refugees' experiences in the Thai refugee camps; and the full range of adaptation issues they faced in the US. To analyze these events, the author uses a unique blend of primary documents, numerous personal interviews, and an exhaustively thorough literature review. The book also contains several pages of photographs. Among its many contributions is a discussion of Cambodian community formation in different parts of the country. Another is the valuable analysis of the different economic strata among Cambodians, including the permanently unemployed, the working poor, and the middle class. The single best chapter is on change and conflict in Cambodian American families. The blending of source materials illuminates how age, gender, and class shape relations between parents and children. On the basis of these and other outstanding features, this book is the definitive work on first and second generation Cambodians in the US.
The Taiwanese Americans / Franklin Ng. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1998. 163pp. Main Library E184.T35 N45 1998 : Despite the relatively short history of the Taiwanese in the United States, they have been a significant presence in America. Since 1965, immigration law changes have led to a dramatic increase in the Asian population in the United States. Taiwanese Americans, the immigrants from Taiwan and their descendants, are a prominent group in this increasing Asian population. This is the first book-length study about the Taiwanese American community in the United States. While most articles have discussed the economic impact of their immigration, this study focuses on their community organization, information networks, religious practices, cultural observances, and the growing second generation. Finally, it concludes with an assessment of the contributions of Taiwanese Americans to American society. Part of the New Americans series.
The Vietnamese American 1.5 generation : stories of war, revolution, flight, and new beginnings / edited by Sucheng Chan ; with contributions by students at the University of California. Philadelphia, PA : Temple University Press, 2006. 323pp. Main LibraryE184.V53 V55 2006 (Also available online) : Introducing this collection of personal narratives, renowned author Sucheng Chan presents a history of Vietnam that enables readers to understand the larger historical, social, and political contexts within which the refugee exodus occurred between 1975 and 1997. The heart of the book consists of vivid personal testimonies written by members of the 1.5 generation of Vietnamese Americans when they were students at various campuses of the University of California. Six of the stories recall the April 1975 evacuation on U.S. military aircraft and naval vessels; nine tell tragic but ultimately triumphant tales of the "boat people" who fled by sea and were confined in refugee camps in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, and Hong Kong while awaiting resettlement abroad. As testaments to the strength of human beings who persevere against severe odds in horrifying circumstances, the stories are gripping and inspiring. The book's bibliography and videography serve as guides to students, teachers, and other readers who may be interested in more in-depth knowledge about particular topics.
The Vietnamese Americans / Hien Duc Do. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1999. 148pp. Main Library E184.V53 D6 1999 : Vietnamese first came to the United States as refugees in the 1970s, after the Vietnam War. The Vietnamese Americans, written by a former Vietnamese refugee, is the only in-depth resource especially for students and general readers with a solid introduction to Vietnam, the history of Vietnamese immigration, and a forthright analysis of Vietnamese Americans' struggles to forge a better future. As their adjustment process is chronicled from the perspectives of the family and ethnic community, the label of the model minority is debunked to reveal both minor economic successes and serious problems such as high school dropouts and gang activity. With the increasing emphasis in the curriculum on Asians and the debates on new immigration, The Vietnamese Americans provides an essential component to understanding the evolving ethnic mosaic in this country. Part of the New Americans series.
Vietnamese Americans / Liz Sonneborn. New York : Chelsea House, c2007. 136pp. Main Library E184.V53 S66 2007 : With the sudden end of the Vietnam War in April 1975, throngs of Vietnamese fled their country to escape the repressive policies of the Communist regime that had taken control of the country. Within months, more than 130,000 arrived in the United States, determined to begin their lives anew. In the three decades since that time, Vietnamese Americans have faced many struggles—from finding jobs and learning English to coping with the physical and emotional scars of war. Despite these hardships, many have distinguished themselves, especially as students and entrepreneurs. Here is an all-in-one place to begin a study of this vital segment of the American population. Vietnamese Americans incorporates lively text and high-quality, full-color photographs. Fact boxes, sidebars, information on genealogy, and other features add scope, making this useful for reports and general interest.
Yellow : Race in America beyond black and white / Frank H. Wu. New York : BasicBooks, 2003, ©2001. 400pp. Main Library E184.O6 W84 2003 : Written in a style accessible to the general public, this book provides a critical examination of important events in Asian American history, such as Japanese American internment, the killing of Vincent Chin, the 1992 Los Angeles riots, and the Wen Ho Lee case of misconstrued espionage. Issues covered are the model minority image, racial profiling, rational discrimination, intermarriage, and anti-Asian sentiment.