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  • Title : The Making of Asian America

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  • ISBN: 1476739404

  • Number of Pages: 528 pages


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The definitive history of Asian Americans by one of the nation s preeminent scholars on the subject.In the past fifty years, Asian Americans have helped change the face of America and are now the fastest growing group in the United States But as award winning historian Erika Lee reminds us, Asian Americans also have deep roots in the country The Making of Asian America t The definitive history of Asian Americans by one of the nation s preeminent scholars on the subject.In the past fifty years, Asian Americans have helped change the face of America and are now the fastest growing group in the United States But as award winning historian Erika Lee reminds us, Asian Americans also have deep roots in the country The Making of Asian America tells the little known history of Asian Americans and their role in American life, from the arrival of the first Asians in the Americas to the present day.An epic history of global journeys and new beginnings, this book shows how generations of Asian immigrants and their American born descendants have made and remade Asian American life in the United States sailors who came on the first trans Pacific ships in the 1500s indentured coolies who worked alongside African slaves in the Caribbean and Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Korean, and South Asian immigrants who were recruited to work in the United States only to face massive racial discrimination, Asian exclusion laws, and for Japanese Americans, incarceration during World War II Over the past fifty years, a new Asian America has emerged out of community activism and the arrival of new immigrants and refugees No longer a despised minority, Asian Americans are now held up as America s model minorities in ways that reveal the complicated role that race still plays in the United States.Published to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the passage of the United States Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 that has remade our nation of immigrants, this is a new and definitive history of Asian Americans But than that, it is a new way of understanding America itself, its complicated histories of race and immigration, and its place in the world today Get A CopyKindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleKoboApple iBooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoHalf.comAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 528 pages Published September 1st 2015 by Simon Schuster More Details ISBN 1476739404 ISBN13 9781476739403 Literary Awards Asian Pacific American Award for Literature for Adult Non Fiction 2015 Other Editions 6 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Making of Asian America, please sign up

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Lists with This Book Jack Daws Condolarthian Roadtrip to Destruction 23 books 1 voter GMR s 2016 Social Justice Titles 20 books 2 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews showing 1 30 filter sort default Rating Details 0 copy ratingGraph.clone j rating_details_tip_graph.remove copy.attr id , rating_details_tip_graph copy.find script.remove j rating_details_tip.prepend copy Sep 06, 2015 Bookworm rated it really liked it File under More stuff I didn t learn in school With the recent news about Asians being in the news on immigration, in literature, in any number of subject areas , this seemed like an intriguing pickup I knew a bit about the Japanese internment camps from World War II Chinese immigrants coming for the gold rush But what other parts of Asian American history did I not know A lot As this doorstop I mean that nicely of a book shows, the history of Asian immigration to the Americas shows a File under More stuff I didn t learn in school With the recent news about Asians being in the news on immigration, in literature, in any number of subject areas , this seemed like an intriguing pickup I knew a bit about the Japanese internment camps from World War II Chinese immigrants coming for the gold rush But what other parts of Asian American history did I not know A lot As this doorstop I mean that nicely of a book shows, the history of Asian immigration to the Americas shows a very rich history From the first Asians brought to Latin America as slave labor to the rise of Asian immigrants in the US and how they are perceived, author Lee takes us through a detailed history This definitely helped fill in some gaps ie I didn t know had been brought as slave labor to Latin America Or that Japanese people in Peru and in other Latin American countries had been rounded up with Japanese in the US to be sent to internment camps Or how US laws and racism forced Chinese people to try their luck in Canada or Mexico or elsewhere Despite the title I couldn t help but feel the book is a bit mis named It refers to Asian Americans, but it tends to be rather US centered and tends to focus on certain groups of Asians Chinese, Japanese, etc over say Southeast Asians Some of it is somewhat understandable a topic like the internment camps needs a lot of space so it can be adequately covered but it also makes me think there s information that s missing I realize this couldn t be comprehensive by any means, but I don t think the title is quite right However, it does cover a broad range of topics immigration, racism, economic hardships left behind or faced by the newly arrived , civil rights, etc I also found the later parts of the book lacking While I was excited to move closer to recent times that I knew about, the history part of the book ends in the 1990 s or pre 9 11 I had hoped the author would dedicate some space and she does talk about it here and there to the treatment of Pakistanis, Indians or other Asians who happen to be Muslims in the post 9 11 world Or maybe a broader discussion of the portrayal of Asians American or not in the media movies, books, literature, etc I also was somewhat puzzled by the discussions of AAs in civil rights movements Although the work and participation of AAs in various civil rights movements are discussed, Lee also writes about AA LGBT people feeling excluded from the white mainstream without any mention that they very likely faced exclusion in their own ethnic groups too This is not to diminish the work they have done to forward civil rights, but again I do not think it is quite as simple as Lee made it out to be Overall, though, I thought it was a good read I took my time with it, seeing that it s much textbook like and would require a closer reading Some of the information is just downright enraging so I could really only handle a chapter or two at a time I d also recommend supplementing it with other sources since this can t be in any way comprehensive I can easily see this book as popping up on college syllabi on immigration, Asian American history, etc But as a stand alone as in, not read for a class or anything , it worked fine in a non academic setting This would probably make a good reference, but shouldn t be crammed in all at once it s not a light read in any sense of the word by weight or information But if you re like me and want to fill the gaps of your education on Asian American history, I d recommend it flag 7 likesLike see review Oct 28, 2015 Murtaza rated it really liked it Thoroughly researched and compellingly well written history of Asian migration to the United States Its generally papered over how much discrimination Asians faced when first arriving, many as either indentured laborers and even slaves to the Americas, and what a hard fought battle it was to establish themselves in these countries They faced racist laws, violence, denigration as national security threats and unassimilable foreigners, yet generally proved these allegations wrong They have al Thoroughly researched and compellingly well written history of Asian migration to the United States Its generally papered over how much discrimination Asians faced when first arriving, many as either indentured laborers and even slaves to the Americas, and what a hard fought battle it was to establish themselves in these countries They faced racist laws, violence, denigration as national security threats and unassimilable foreigners, yet generally proved these allegations wrong They have also been subject to differing treatment based on the relative power and relationship of their homelands to the United States, something partly reflected in the growing stature of Chinese Americans with the rise of China in recent decades.There are many unspoken parallels with the travails of past Asian immigrants and those American Muslims today, something that led me to read this book for research purposes The book is packed with details and thoroughly sourced For the most part, it doesn t slow down the narrative, although it did feel a bit disjointed at points All in all its a great history that is often ignored by many, one of oppression and perseverance on the part of millions of people trying to establish themselves in a new land Recommended to all students of American history as well as those trying to contextualize the present moment A moment that may seem fraught but which is neither unprecedented or hopeless flag 4 likesLike see review Dec 20, 2015 Lucy added it Shelves american, nonfiction, c21, immigrant, history, asian american First things first yes, The Making of Asian America is very well researched but not the most well written at times with unclear and confusing event descriptions, at times a regurgitation of statistics or too many personal stories Yes, The Making of Asian America, by nature of the undertaken task, necessarily sacrifices depth for breadth These two points notwithstanding, I really think The Making of Asian America should be mandatory reading not only for Asian Americans so they can better un First things first yes, The Making of Asian America is very well researched but not the most well written at times with unclear and confusing event descriptions, at times a regurgitation of statistics or too many personal stories Yes, The Making of Asian America, by nature of the undertaken task, necessarily sacrifices depth for breadth These two points notwithstanding, I really think The Making of Asian America should be mandatory reading not only for Asian Americans so they can better understand the historical legacies backing their current status as the Perpetual Other, but also for every American so they are aware of their country s sordid past of violent racism and imperialism Erika Lee makes two main points 1 that current day Asian America is not a monolithic group, but that is instead comprised of many disparate national and ethnic diasporas, each with very different histories in America, and that follows a highly bimodal distribution for socioeconomic and education level 2 that this current bimodal Asian America has its roots in centuries of anti Asian racism and Asian Exclusion immigration laws in the Americas In fact, the publication of Making was timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, which finally abolished national immigration quotas and, in doing so, paved the way for renewed Asian immigration and an invigoration of Asian America.In discussing the making of Asian America, Lee details the history of Asian immigration to and exclusion from America oops filling this in later Finally, Making is, of course, highly relevant in 2015 in light of today s anti Mexican sentiment, ever growing Islamophobia, and the Syrian refugee crisis President Obama and the Democratic candidates can speak all they want on how blocking Syrian refugees is un American and not reflective of our American values, but it is, sadly, the Republican candidates, with all their fear mongering and racist rhetoric, who come closest to the very American values of racism, xenophobia, and cultural supremacy All Americans should read Making, be humbled by our nation s history of hate, violence, and marginalization, and subsequently become better, empathetic, citizens flag 3 likesLike see review Jul 07, 2017 Amanda rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves non fiction, audiobook, history, culture Very good This book was a great chronicle of history regarding many of the Asian people groups who have come to America The author details the struggles faced by each group and how immigration laws, wars, and racism caused so much difficulty and pain for families It s the story that I didn t hear much of growing up as a white American I appreciated her honesty, and sharing the good and the bad of the lives of many Asian Americans Even though it was long and a lot of history, I found myself Very good This book was a great chronicle of history regarding many of the Asian people groups who have come to America The author details the struggles faced by each group and how immigration laws, wars, and racism caused so much difficulty and pain for families It s the story that I didn t hear much of growing up as a white American I appreciated her honesty, and sharing the good and the bad of the lives of many Asian Americans Even though it was long and a lot of history, I found myself interested for most of the time If you are interested in learning about other cultures outside of white America, this will give you a good perspective of how life has been for many other non white Americans flag 1 likeLike see review Apr 01, 2017 Zara Rahman rated it it was amazing I thoroughly enjoyed this book It gave me an insight into Asian Americans, and a much broader overview than anything I ve read before It includes a historical perspective which helped me understand much how different populations and nationalities of Asian Americans ended up in the US, and perhaps crucially, the relationships between different nationalities of Asian Americans and other ethnic minorities too It was a good book to read while being here in the US, particularly in New Yo I thoroughly enjoyed this book It gave me an insight into Asian Americans, and a much broader overview than anything I ve read before It includes a historical perspective which helped me understand much how different populations and nationalities of Asian Americans ended up in the US, and perhaps crucially, the relationships between different nationalities of Asian Americans and other ethnic minorities too It was a good book to read while being here in the US, particularly in New York City, particularly because some of the historical anecdotes take place not far from where I am which added an extra level of intrigue and interest to them for me I knew and noticed particularly since I arrived that understandings of Asian Americans are very different to British Asians, and this book helped me contextualise and gain a better understanding of why that is flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 01, 2017 Angela Sun rated it really liked it A comprehensive history on Asian American immigration and assimilation into the Americas from the mass Chinese migration during the railroad and gold rush era to the Filipino independence to the modern stereotypes of the model minority Lee manages to condense a lot of history on immigration from a large geographic mass into an easily readable book If you want a primer on Asian American history, this is a great read I loved the historic images of how the pacific union rail was built by a A comprehensive history on Asian American immigration and assimilation into the Americas from the mass Chinese migration during the railroad and gold rush era to the Filipino independence to the modern stereotypes of the model minority Lee manages to condense a lot of history on immigration from a large geographic mass into an easily readable book If you want a primer on Asian American history, this is a great read I loved the historic images of how the pacific union rail was built by a Chinese majority workforce but none were allowed to be in the ribbon cutting ceremony, photo of the first Hindu family to arrive in the US, and many others that help capture our history Definitely recommend flag 1 likeLike see review Mar 09, 2016 Diane rated it liked it Shelves china chinese, japan japanese, history, immigrant experience, southeast asia, non fiction I listened to this on CD I became aware that, at times, it sounded like the same story over and over again the prejudice, the immigration barriers, the legal injustice It reminded me of the quote that history does not repeat itself, but it rhymes apparently not a quote by Mark Twain, but worthy of him It was interesting to hear the story of other Asian Americans I was familiar with the Chinese and Japanese and to some degree Southeast Asian stories, but not of Koreans, Philippinos, and I I listened to this on CD I became aware that, at times, it sounded like the same story over and over again the prejudice, the immigration barriers, the legal injustice It reminded me of the quote that history does not repeat itself, but it rhymes apparently not a quote by Mark Twain, but worthy of him It was interesting to hear the story of other Asian Americans I was familiar with the Chinese and Japanese and to some degree Southeast Asian stories, but not of Koreans, Philippinos, and Indians I also liked the discussion of the model immigrants We are such slow learners We need to listen to this story and the stories of other immigrants as often as possible flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 04, 2016 Anne rated it it was amazing Shelves non fiction, read in 2016 This should be required reading Well researched Eye opening Changed my perspective of America and this nation s history flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 15, 2017 Sooho Lee rated it it was amazing Shelves favorites, important reads, sociology, history Despite attempts to lump them together or tell their through a simplistic and monolithic model minority lens, Asian Americans and their histories are in fact exceedingly diverse and complicated To be Asian American in the twenty first century is an exercise in coming to terms with a contradiction benefiting from new positions of power and privilege while still being victims of hate crimes and microaggressions that dismiss Asian American issues and treat Asian Americans as outsiders in their Despite attempts to lump them together or tell their through a simplistic and monolithic model minority lens, Asian Americans and their histories are in fact exceedingly diverse and complicated To be Asian American in the twenty first century is an exercise in coming to terms with a contradiction benefiting from new positions of power and privilege while still being victims of hate crimes and microaggressions that dismiss Asian American issues and treat Asian Americans as outsiders in their own country Lee, 391.There seems to be an existential crisis every time an Asian American, like myself, attempts to answer am I American enough If yes, then what do we mean by American enough If no, then what prevents us What has infected our imagination of who belongs and who does not in this so called Land of the Free America, seems to me, has a unique ability to remember things differently and selectively Reading The Making of Asian America was a speechless experience how have I never heard of these stories before Truly, the phantasm of Asian American histories attests and perpetuates the non visibility of Asian Americans The reading was also heart wrenchingly painful oh, how much we, as a collected lump of diverse Asian Americans, suffered so much and so silently One does not need to understand much of politics or policy making to see the one thing American history has made clear things get done fast when not if people discriminate Many preposterous laws, such as you have to be born in the states and be of white skin tone many early petitions and appeals have been shut down because Chinese or Japanese Americans born in the States do not shimmer white tones there was even one Middle Eastern who argued on the grounds that he is actually a caucasian but was still denied , have passed and lasted because of unbated fear and hatred Of course, Asian Americans are not without faults and blame I cannot blame all of America, where my citizenship is tethered to, for my own ignorance of our checkered histories.This is not to say reading and learning history solve moral corruption far be it Rather, history provides both a window and mirror a window to our expansive past, enriched with valuable resources for virility and grace, and a mirror to match and differentiate how our current situations, personal and public, relate to prior ones Matching and differentiating are crucial for understanding the complicated nature of diagnosing personal and social ills and implementing prescribed healing In short, learning history must be paired with both constructive critical lens and untiring hands and feet The Making of Asian America is a must read Do not be stumped by its length 402 pages By the time you finish, you ll wish she wrote .cf www.sooholee.wordpress.com flag 1 likeLike see review Jul 22, 2017 V rated it it was amazing An exceptional primer for Asian American history, as well as an excellent analysis of new racism in the 21st century While at times, I felt that the writing lacked some depth conditions leading to immigration in the early 20th century, for example, in favor of concentrating upon what happened once immigrants arrived , I understand that there is only so much space here and do not count that as a flaw I feel that this is the sort of book or THE book that will lead students of Asian American An exceptional primer for Asian American history, as well as an excellent analysis of new racism in the 21st century While at times, I felt that the writing lacked some depth conditions leading to immigration in the early 20th century, for example, in favor of concentrating upon what happened once immigrants arrived , I understand that there is only so much space here and do not count that as a flaw I feel that this is the sort of book or THE book that will lead students of Asian American history deeper into their own research Highly recommended, and I will be buying my own copy to dog ear and mark up You will be outraged, moved, and in the end well educated by the contents of this book Not easy to read some of the earlier contents especially were arranged in ways that made keeping the timeline straight somewhat difficult, but I mean in terms of all of the NEW OLD HORRORS I didn t know enough about but well worth your time flag Like see review May 17, 2017 Jess rated it it was amazing Shelves 2017 Stuff you missed in history class because it was likely never taught.This book is an undertaking Lee must have pored over thousands of documents, books, and interviews to put this together and distill it into this 400 page volume It s an excellent overview about Asians in America, and not just Chinese, Korean, and Japanese Americans either The book spans from the time of the explorers to present.I found myself wanting to know about certain aspects of Asian American history as the boo Stuff you missed in history class because it was likely never taught.This book is an undertaking Lee must have pored over thousands of documents, books, and interviews to put this together and distill it into this 400 page volume It s an excellent overview about Asians in America, and not just Chinese, Korean, and Japanese Americans either The book spans from the time of the explorers to present.I found myself wanting to know about certain aspects of Asian American history as the book went on, so consider this book your starting point or launching off point.Lee draws a lot of parallels between the Asian American experience and the black experience, which may be cause for concern for some flag Like see review Jul 18, 2017 Suzi rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves nonfiction, ownvoices, history, audiobook, hoopla Tremendous from the first moment to the final sentence Not a day went by that I listened to this on my commute without posting to Twitter or FB or here about how smart, how well written, how parallel to now, how informative about the past, how brilliant this book is When I forget every date and detail, one main thing will stick with me If white people in the past had not been so racist and likely to create laws that were against Asian East Asian, South Asian, Southeast Asian immigrations, t Tremendous from the first moment to the final sentence Not a day went by that I listened to this on my commute without posting to Twitter or FB or here about how smart, how well written, how parallel to now, how informative about the past, how brilliant this book is When I forget every date and detail, one main thing will stick with me If white people in the past had not been so racist and likely to create laws that were against Asian East Asian, South Asian, Southeast Asian immigrations, the U.S would have a much, much larger Asian American population than it does Thorough and based on years of strong research but readable, or listenable, and with a strong narrative arc in each chapter as well If I could give it six stars, I would flag Like see review Jul 18, 2017 B Cheng rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves library This is a very well researched, long read that is definitely worth it There is a lot that anyone interested in the issue would know, but also a good amount that is very new, especially that mixed race marriages, even in liberal California , was illegal even into the middle of the 20th century was surprising, as well as the idea that Asians, in particular the Chinese, were the first to exploit border weaknesses, especially coming through Mexico The author does a good job breaking down Asian im This is a very well researched, long read that is definitely worth it There is a lot that anyone interested in the issue would know, but also a good amount that is very new, especially that mixed race marriages, even in liberal California , was illegal even into the middle of the 20th century was surprising, as well as the idea that Asians, in particular the Chinese, were the first to exploit border weaknesses, especially coming through Mexico The author does a good job breaking down Asian immigration from a large number of countries and throughout history and how different often similar the experiences were This book serves as a great survey and introduction to the issue and will most likely send the reader looking for flag Like see review Jun 03, 2017 Amy rated it really liked it Shelves non fiction, asian experience Super informative book about so many threads of Asian American history Ranging from Chinese participation in the Gold Rush, to shameful American acts of various Exclusion Acts and Japanese internment, to Korean adoptions, to recent refugees waves While Lee mostly focuses on history, she also addresses the Model Minority and Perpetual Foreigner myths This is the type of history book we should all be reading to supplement the narrow scope of history offered in most public schools flag Like see review May 21, 2017 Ha rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves diversity, audio, asian voices This book is such an important read to all Asian Americans It brings light to our history There are so many figures we never hear about but should in school They have gone through a lot, and I am in awe of their courage and resilience I am also thankful to them and empowered by them The fight is not over, but we ve already come this far We can t retreat flag Like see review May 16, 2017 Sheldon rated it liked it Shelves asian american Although the information was neatly stated, the book just felt somewhat bland There really wasn t anything to make a reader interested, and reads like a textbook but without all the interactive features a textbook has flag Like see review Jun 29, 2017 Natalie rated it it was amazing Loved this book Such a comprehensive overview of Asian American History This is such a unique way to see our stories in the midst of the bigger story I learned so much and I am so grateful for the historical perspective and touching stories Highly recommended flag Like see review Feb 24, 2017 Celine rated it really liked it Shelves non fiction, race racial issues, read women of color challenge, sociology Erika Lee covers an immense amount of landscape in 400 pages, and manages to fit the the history of an entire people into one manageable book In telling the story of Asian America, she writes in her epilogue, we have traveled across the centuries, around the world, and back again. And it is true The beauty of the book is that it doesn t ever feel that way at least, it didn t to me On a different note how truly enjoyable it can be reading the history of one s own people My heart broke Erika Lee covers an immense amount of landscape in 400 pages, and manages to fit the the history of an entire people into one manageable book In telling the story of Asian America, she writes in her epilogue, we have traveled across the centuries, around the world, and back again. And it is true The beauty of the book is that it doesn t ever feel that way at least, it didn t to me On a different note how truly enjoyable it can be reading the history of one s own people My heart broke with every setback, swelled with every victory, and beamed with pride to think of the contribution my ancestors have made in this nation You truly cannot separate the story of Asian Americans from that of America As diverse as Asian Americans are, they are part of a larger Asian American community that through its complexity uniquely captures the story of America Theirs is a history of immigrant dreams, American realities, and global connections that has helped to make the United States what it is today And as the fastest growing group in the country, Asian Americans are also helping to create the nation we ll be in the future. flag Like see review Feb 24, 2017 Lance Eaton rated it it was amazing Shelves 2017, racism privilege ethnocentrism, reviewed books Where do I begin with this review besides just saying, WOW I knew about some of the aspects of this book such as strong anti Asian immigration laws and racial discrimination in the US toward Asian Americans since the 1800s But Lee provides a meticulous and nuanced exploration of the history of migration and representation within the Americas since the 1500s She traces the history of discriminatory practices by different American countries that challenge, limit, devalue, or pit against one a Where do I begin with this review besides just saying, WOW I knew about some of the aspects of this book such as strong anti Asian immigration laws and racial discrimination in the US toward Asian Americans since the 1800s But Lee provides a meticulous and nuanced exploration of the history of migration and representation within the Americas since the 1500s She traces the history of discriminatory practices by different American countries that challenge, limit, devalue, or pit against one another the many different immigrants from the numerous Asian countries In doing so, she helps the reader understand the denial of identity and culture that comes with the term Asian American , and how it masks the distinct experiences, cultural dynamics, and sense of history that different immigrants from Asian bring with them In tracing the history to the present century, Lee further aids readers in considering the experience of Asian Americans whose families have been here for generations and the recent Asian American immigrants fit into the rhetoric of immigration for various discourses and for different dominant group purposes It s definitely a must read for people trying to better understand race and ethnicity in the Americas flag Like see review Oct 23, 2015 Chris Jaffe rated it really liked it Shelves history, us history, 20th century, 19th century, 21st century This is a very good book that covers a lot of ground Lee is an academic she has the Rudolph J Vecoli Chair of Immigration History at the University of Minnesota Impressive She s also director of the Immigration Research Center there hey I ve been there The book is made for a general audience though.About the only real problem I had is that I already know a lot of this info, so I didn t get too much out of it But that s just because I m not quite the target audience for it Even still, This is a very good book that covers a lot of ground Lee is an academic she has the Rudolph J Vecoli Chair of Immigration History at the University of Minnesota Impressive She s also director of the Immigration Research Center there hey I ve been there The book is made for a general audience though.About the only real problem I had is that I already know a lot of this info, so I didn t get too much out of it But that s just because I m not quite the target audience for it Even still, there is a lot of info here Among other things, at times she ll discuss immigration to other parts of North America or even the Caribbean or South America on a few occasions The book has four parts The first part is the shortest the era of New Spain and the Coolie trade, where the first Asians came to this hemisphere The next part deals with the age of mass migration late 19th century, mostly This is a little weak as it has a chapter on each major group Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, Indians, and Filipinos and that can be a bit..I dunno, the info was good but it felt a bit paint by the numbers Still, she makes good points by discussing how there was illegal immigrants as the exclusion laws were never perfect The third part goes into World War II and the Cold War, and how that changed things.The last part is the post 1965 world The odd part here is that the main wave of immigration gets one chapter, but then you get two chapters on refugees Really They get two chapters while the majority gets one Then she discussing how immigrants now often have a transnational experience, tied to the Old and New Worlds And a brief summation notes how the notion of the model minority overlooks plenty of internal differences within the Asians and obscures at least as much as it illuminates It s a good book, but I learned a lot of this in grad school The problem I had wasn t with the book, but with me flag Like see review View 1 comment Feb 20, 2016 Mark rated it really liked it This is a solid work of historical synthesis, jam packing a complicated multiethnic history into a mere 400 pages before footnotes The book is at its best when dealing with the era of codified racism most famously embodied by the Chinese Exclusion Act There are particularly vivid chapters describing the World War II era and Japanese internment Descriptions of the modern era were interesting, but had a bit of left wing bias this comes from someone who leans that way You might leave this b This is a solid work of historical synthesis, jam packing a complicated multiethnic history into a mere 400 pages before footnotes The book is at its best when dealing with the era of codified racism most famously embodied by the Chinese Exclusion Act There are particularly vivid chapters describing the World War II era and Japanese internment Descriptions of the modern era were interesting, but had a bit of left wing bias this comes from someone who leans that way You might leave this book thinking that the dominant political strain among Asian americans is the Berkeley Third World activist There was little acknowledgment of the strains of hard core conservatism often emanating from bitter experiences with Communism that has been prevalent among many Asian american communities I also wish Ms Lee had included something about the anti Asian American bias in college admissions one instance of which was explosively revealed while I was at Berkeley in the 80s , but I am sure that many other important stories required pruning to maintain the book s reasonable length.If you are interested in this topic, this is an excellent read I don t think it s quite compelling enough sections require work to get through for me to give it an unqualified recommendation to general readers Still it gets a very solid four star rating due to the breadth of its scholarship and the high quality of the information that is conveyed flag Like see review Oct 05, 2015 Marie Hew rated it liked it Shelves history This was just OK I appreciate this history of Asian Americans that include contemporary developments of the 21st century However, I was hoping for insight into how Asian America was made as the title suggests, instead of a re hashing of past works Every page was filled with many references to other authors that I barely could tell what Lee had written herself I can see the skeleton of what she attempted to do, but the execution was uninspired it misses the mark in showing the maki This was just OK I appreciate this history of Asian Americans that include contemporary developments of the 21st century However, I was hoping for insight into how Asian America was made as the title suggests, instead of a re hashing of past works Every page was filled with many references to other authors that I barely could tell what Lee had written herself I can see the skeleton of what she attempted to do, but the execution was uninspired it misses the mark in showing the making of Asian America This book doesn t have the sweeping majestic concepts of Ronald Takaki or Helen Zia personalized connections to draw you in.Some points I haven t read elsewhere Exclusion laws of the late 19th century was a trend in North and South America, often inspired by the policies of the U.S America served as a place for Asians to become anti colonial activists while they toiled away for better economic opportunities Pointed statistics to dispute the modern day model minority image For the first time, someone has explained a key aspect of Asian American diversity in one book Asians are over represented in both the lower and higher economic and educational attainment categories which makes the needs of this group highly complicated and in many ways invisible to mainstream America flag Like see review Oct 15, 2015 Kate rated it it was ok Disappointed I jumped around chapters and didn t read them all, but I rented this book specifically to find out about Korean immigration in the Americas and was left extremely disappointed There was only 1 very short chapter dedicated to Koreans 14 pages out of 528 in total which was extremely vague and lacking in details For example one of the first Koreans in America, Seo Jae Pil Philip Jaisohn , is only mentioned in passing and his reasons for immigration are not even really explai Disappointed I jumped around chapters and didn t read them all, but I rented this book specifically to find out about Korean immigration in the Americas and was left extremely disappointed There was only 1 very short chapter dedicated to Koreans 14 pages out of 528 in total which was extremely vague and lacking in details For example one of the first Koreans in America, Seo Jae Pil Philip Jaisohn , is only mentioned in passing and his reasons for immigration are not even really explained A few other names are thrown into a single sentence without even a note on who they are or why they re importaint to mention Also, while the other chapters I explored were full of photographs there was only a single photo provided in this chapter I have discovered so much on the subject through my own research and found nothing new in this book I feel that since this is purported as a history of Asian America, it should at least have an introductory amount of depth in all related subjects This book would leave even those who claim to know nothing about Korea Korean history without even the most basic information I am giving this 2 stars really a 1 and a half since the other chapters I got to appear to hold information and they might be useful to others flag Like see review View 1 comment Oct 21, 2015 Danielle T rated it it was amazing Shelves history, current affairs, asia, politics Full of citations, The Making of Asian America is a comprehensive look at the Asian American experience not just in the United States but in the hemisphere, including perspectives from Canada, Mexico, and South American countries Previous books I ve read tend to focus on the Chinese and Japanese experiences, but this book also examines Korean, Filipin , Vietnamese, South and Southeast Asian perspectives It also takes a wider view of history than books I ve previously read, including colonial t Full of citations, The Making of Asian America is a comprehensive look at the Asian American experience not just in the United States but in the hemisphere, including perspectives from Canada, Mexico, and South American countries Previous books I ve read tend to focus on the Chinese and Japanese experiences, but this book also examines Korean, Filipin , Vietnamese, South and Southeast Asian perspectives It also takes a wider view of history than books I ve previously read, including colonial times and up to the modern day with the Oak Creek gurdwara massacre Detail isn t lost with such a wide range, though, as the chapters on WWII cover not only the internment of Japanese American citizens but the extradition of Japanese Peruvians to the United States and how they were then in immigration limbo as illegal immigrants when they were brought against their will The big thing I took away from this was that history repeats itself, and the way migrants and Syrian refugees are viewed now is reminiscent of sentiments against Hmong and Vietnamese immigrants 30 years ago, sentiments against the Japanese 70 years ago, the Know Nothing movement in the 1880s, etc Are we doomed to repeat history yet again, or can we learn from previous mistakes Time will tell flag Like see review Jul 26, 2016 Gemma rated it liked it This was a very cleanly written overview of Asians in the Americas, but I think it s of use as a introduction than a complete history I don t fault Lee for this because the topic is massive, but I do wish that she d used some individual stories to cast light on larger topics The tendency of this book is to use primary source quotes in support of a few paragraphs worth of explanation of a historical moment, but I wish we learned about the person as window through which to view someth This was a very cleanly written overview of Asians in the Americas, but I think it s of use as a introduction than a complete history I don t fault Lee for this because the topic is massive, but I do wish that she d used some individual stories to cast light on larger topics The tendency of this book is to use primary source quotes in support of a few paragraphs worth of explanation of a historical moment, but I wish we learned about the person as window through which to view something like the Chinese Exclusion Act That said, that didn t stop me from getting kind of emotional when I read it on the train This is a really good appetizer when it comes to Asian American history, and I ll be reading many of the books listed in its bibliography flag Like see review Mar 03, 2016 Candace marked it as to read A comprehensive and digestible overview of Asian experiences in America, beginning with the earliest arrivals Chinese explorers and Filipinos on Spanish trade expeditions to New Spain and continuing to today Reading this history reminded me how my experience is intimately tied to hundreds of years of immigration, labor, trade, economic and political policy, and U.S attempts at global dominance It also urged me to consider the shape shifting nature of racism and take a closer look at the sto A comprehensive and digestible overview of Asian experiences in America, beginning with the earliest arrivals Chinese explorers and Filipinos on Spanish trade expeditions to New Spain and continuing to today Reading this history reminded me how my experience is intimately tied to hundreds of years of immigration, labor, trade, economic and political policy, and U.S attempts at global dominance It also urged me to consider the shape shifting nature of racism and take a closer look at the stories that are less visible in the mainstream Asian American narrative, like those of South Asians, West Asians, Asian Canadians, Asian Latin Americans, refugees, and the non model minority flag Like see review Feb 02, 2016 Emily rated it really liked it Phenomenal from start to finish My favorite part was the discussion right from the outset of how the very first images of America were crafted as such because Columbus believed he had come across the promised land of Asia a very potent reminder of how interwoven Asian and American histories are And a reminder that before Asian Americans were held up as the model minority, they were loathed and despised as much as any contemporary low income, mass immigrant group is today And how policy playe Phenomenal from start to finish My favorite part was the discussion right from the outset of how the very first images of America were crafted as such because Columbus believed he had come across the promised land of Asia a very potent reminder of how interwoven Asian and American histories are And a reminder that before Asian Americans were held up as the model minority, they were loathed and despised as much as any contemporary low income, mass immigrant group is today And how policy played a role in enabling Asian Americans to become the model minority that we all view as inevitable now A rising tide lifts all boats flag Like see review Jan 31, 2017 Derrick Connell rated it liked it Shelves 2017 reading list, history, politics or human rights, reference or educational I enjoyed this book and it is particularly topical given the 2016 US elections and the focus on immigrants The author does a nice job with the data and analysis My only issue is that she didn t give a good insight to the mood of Ye country during some of the difficult times such as World War Two, where law should have prevailed but there was a bloody pacific war as a backdrop However the book certainly gives ample data and insight to the plight of Asian people and their immigration Exce I enjoyed this book and it is particularly topical given the 2016 US elections and the focus on immigrants The author does a nice job with the data and analysis My only issue is that she didn t give a good insight to the mood of Ye country during some of the difficult times such as World War Two, where law should have prevailed but there was a bloody pacific war as a backdrop However the book certainly gives ample data and insight to the plight of Asian people and their immigration Excellent book and I recommend it flag Like see review Dec 05, 2015 Claire rated it liked it I felt like this was better literature for reading here and now, several semesters after my return to the United States from the People s Republic of China I found Lee s text mind opening in regards to actually facing the history of how people from east Asia have been treated here.I really appreciated seeing how she defines this nationality in the twenty first century.Soon this is returning to the library, as well, though It s a bit awkward renewing things with almost no wiggle room considerin I felt like this was better literature for reading here and now, several semesters after my return to the United States from the People s Republic of China I found Lee s text mind opening in regards to actually facing the history of how people from east Asia have been treated here.I really appreciated seeing how she defines this nationality in the twenty first century.Soon this is returning to the library, as well, though It s a bit awkward renewing things with almost no wiggle room considering the proximity of the terrible weather, but I should make it with minimal damage flag Like see review Apr 17, 2016 Uwe Hook rated it really liked it This book was an eye opener for me I ve read about the hardship of Asian laborers in Hawaiian sugar plantations, but I didn t realize the extent of the abuse and discrimination endured by the first wave of Asians In many instances, they were treated just as terribly as the African slaves and had to fight for everything, from the right to education to citizenship I applaud the pioneers who didn t take the abuse lying down but fought for equal rights inch by slow inch Well researched and emine This book was an eye opener for me I ve read about the hardship of Asian laborers in Hawaiian sugar plantations, but I didn t realize the extent of the abuse and discrimination endured by the first wave of Asians In many instances, they were treated just as terribly as the African slaves and had to fight for everything, from the right to education to citizenship I applaud the pioneers who didn t take the abuse lying down but fought for equal rights inch by slow inch Well researched and eminently readable, this is a book to recommend flag Like see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new 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The Making of Asian America
Bookworm

File under More stuff I didn t learn in school With the recent news about Asians being in the news on immigration, in literature, in any number of subject areas , this seemed like an intriguing pickup I knew a bit about the Japanese internment camps from World War II Chinese immigrants coming for the gold rush But what other parts of Asian American history did I not know A lot As this doorstop I mean that nicely of a book shows, the history of Asian immigration to the Americas shows a

The Making of Asian America
Murtaza

Thoroughly researched and compellingly well written history of Asian migration to the United States Its generally papered over how much discrimination Asians faced when first arriving, many as either indentured laborers and even slaves to the Americas, and what a hard fought battle it was to establish themselves in these countries They faced racist laws, violence, denigration as national security threats and unassimilable foreigners, yet generally proved these allegations wrong They have al

The Making of Asian America
Lucy

First things first yes, The Making of Asian America is very well researched but not the most well written at times with unclear and confusing event descriptions, at times a regurgitation of statistics or too many personal stories Yes, The Making of Asian America, by nature of the undertaken task, necessarily sacrifices depth for breadth These two points notwithstanding, I really think The Making of Asian America should be mandatory reading not only for Asian Americans so they can better un

The Making of Asian America
Amanda

Very good This book was a great chronicle of history regarding many of the Asian people groups who have come to America The author details the struggles faced by each group and how immigration laws, wars, and racism caused so much difficulty and pain for families It s the story that I didn t hear much of growing up as a white American I appreciated her honesty, and sharing the good and the bad of the lives of many Asian Americans Even though it was long and a lot of history, I found myself

The Making of Asian America
Zara Rahman

I thoroughly enjoyed this book It gave me an insight into Asian Americans, and a much broader overview than anything I ve read before It includes a historical perspective which helped me understand much how different populations and nationalities of Asian Americans ended up in the US, and perhaps crucially, the relationships between different nationalities of Asian Americans and other ethnic minorities too It was a good book to read while being here in the US, particularly in New Yo

The Making of Asian America
Angela Sun

A comprehensive history on Asian American immigration and assimilation into the Americas from the mass Chinese migration during the railroad and gold rush era to the Filipino independence to the modern stereotypes of the model minority Lee manages to condense a lot of history on immigration from a large geographic mass into an easily readable book If you want a primer on Asian American history, this is a great read I loved the historic images of how the pacific union rail was built by a

The Making of Asian America
Diane

I listened to this on CD I became aware that, at times, it sounded like the same story over and over again the prejudice, the immigration barriers, the legal injustice It reminded me of the quote that history does not repeat itself, but it rhymes apparently not a quote by Mark Twain, but worthy of him It was interesting to hear the story of other Asian Americans I was familiar with the Chinese and Japanese and to some degree Southeast Asian stories, but not of Koreans, Philippinos, and I

The Making of Asian America
Anne

This should be required reading Well researched Eye opening Changed my perspective of America and this nation s history.

The Making of Asian America
Sooho Lee

Despite attempts to lump them together or tell their through a simplistic and monolithic model minority lens, Asian Americans and their histories are in fact exceedingly diverse and complicated To be Asian American in the twenty first century is an exercise in coming to terms with a contradiction benefiting from new positions of power and privilege while still being victims of hate crimes and microaggressions that dismiss Asian American issues and treat Asian Americans as outsiders in their

The Making of Asian America
V

An exceptional primer for Asian American history, as well as an excellent analysis of new racism in the 21st century While at times, I felt that the writing lacked some depth conditions leading to immigration in the early 20th century, for example, in favor of concentrating upon what happened once immigrants arrived , I understand that there is only so much space here and do not count that as a flaw I feel that this is the sort of book or THE book that will lead students of Asian American

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Description: The definitive history of Asian Americans by one of the nation s preeminent scholars on the subject.In the past fifty years, Asian Americans have helped change the face of America and are now the fast

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