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Asian American History and Culture: An Encyclopedia
Edited by: Huping Ling; Allan W. Austin

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Information: 800pp. Two volumes; topic finder; essays; illustrations; chronology; bibliographies.
Publication Date: December 2009.  


Description: With overview essays and more than 400 A-Z entries, this exhaustive encyclopedia documents the history of Asians in America from earliest contact to the present day. Organized topically by group, with an in-depth overview essay on each group, the encyclopedia examines the myriad ethnic groups and histories that make up the Asian American population in the United States.

Asian American History and Culture covers the political, social, and cultural history of immigrants from East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Pacific Islands, and their descendents, as well as the social and cultural issues faced by Asian American communities, families, and individuals in contemporary society. In addition to entries on various groups and cultures, the encyclopedia also includes articles on general topics such as parenting and child rearing, assimilation and acculturation, business, education, and literature. More than 100 images round out the set.

Selected Contents:

Topic Finder

The Asian American Experience: History, Culture, and Scholarship

Adoption of Asian Children; Affirmative Action; Akaka, Daniel; Alien Land Law Movement; Amerasians and Multiracial Asian Americans; Angel Island Immigration Station; Anti-Asian Violence; Anti-Miscegenation Laws; Asian American Dance Theatre; Asian American Journalists Association; Asian American Movement; Asian American Studies; AsianWeek ; Assimilation and Acculturation; Association for Asian American Studies; Association for Asian Studies; Association of Asian/Pacific American Artists; Bilingual Education; Cable Act (1922); Comedy and Humor, Asian American; Demonstration Project for Asian Americans; Film and Filmmakers, Asian American; Gay and Lesbian Issues, Asian American; Historiography and Historians, Asian American; Immigration Act of 1924; Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965; Interracial Marriage, Asian American; Labor and Employment, Asian American; Language, Asian American;
McCarran-Walter Act (1952); Model Minority; Music and Musicians, Asian American; National Asian American Telecommunications Association; Parenting and Child Rearing, Asian American; Politics, Asian Americans in; Proposition 209 (1996) ; Religion, Asian American; Remittances, Asian American; Science and Scientists, Asian American; Theater, Asian American ; Transnationalism, Asian American; Undocumented Immigration, Asian American; War Brides and War Brides Act (1945); Youth Gangs, Asian American

The Bangladeshi American Experience: History and Culture

The Burmese American Experience: History and Culture

The Cambodian American Experience: History and Culture

Anti-Cambodian Incidents; Business and Entrepreneurship, Cambodian American; Community Organizations, Cambodian American; Deportation of Cambodians; Education, Cambodian American; Literature, Cambodian American; Music and Dance, Cambodian American; Political and Social Empowerment, Cambodian American; Religion, Cambodian American; Women, Cambodian American

The Chinese American Experience: History and Culture

Acculturation and the Chinese American Community; Act to Repeal the Chinese Exclusion Acts (1943); Anti-Chinese Riots; Banks, Chinese American; "Bachelor Society"; Bemis, Polly; Bowl of Rice Movement; Burlingame Treaty (1868); Business and Entrepreneurship, Chinese American; Cameron House; Chennault, Anna C. (Chen Xiangmei); Chiang, Madame Kai-shek (Soong Mei-ling); Chin (Vincent) Incident; China Books and Periodicals Incorporated; China Lobby; China War Relief Association; Chinatowns; Chinatown (New York City); Chinatown (San Francisco); Chinatown in Suburban America; Chinatown on the Western Frontier; Chinese American Citizens Alliance; Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association; Chinese Exclusion Act (1882); Chinese Hospital, San Francisco; Chinese Language Schools; Chinese School (San Francisco); Chu, Steven; Commodore Stockton School; Community Politics, Chinese American; Confession Program;
Contract Labor, Chinese ; Crib Papers; Daoist Temples in California; Demographics, Chinese American; Diaspora, Chinese; Displaced Persons Act (1948); Education, Chinese American; Eu, March Fong; Family Associations, Chinese American; Family Life, Chinese American; Festivals, Chinese American; Film, Chinese Americans in; Flying Tigers; Gambling Among Chinese Americans; Garment Factories, Chinese Americans in; Gold Rush and Mining; Grocery Stores and Supermarkets, Chinese American; Hwang, David Henry; Interracial Dating and Marriage, Chinese American; Kingston, Maxine Hong; Kuomintang (Guomindang) in Chinatowns; Kwan, Michelle; Labor and Employment, Chinese American; Laundries, Chinese; Lee, Bruce; Lee, Rose Hum; Lee, Tsung-Dao (Li Zhengdao); Lin, Maya Ying; Literature, Chinese American; Locke, California; Locke, Gary; Ma, Yo-Yo; Martial Arts (Kung Fu), Chinese; Media and Visual Arts, Chinese American;
Miss Chinatown; Nightclubs, Chinese; Organization of Chinese Americans; Page Act (1875); Paper Sons, Paper Daughters; Pei, I.M.; Political and Social Empowerment, Chinese American; Portsmouth Square, San Francisco; Press, Chinese American; Queue Ordinance (1876); Railroads, Chinese Americans and; Refugee Relief Act (1953); Religion, Chinese American; Restaurants and Cuisine, Chinese American; Sam Yap and Sze Yap; San Francisco Earthquake (1906); Sargent, Frank P.; Scott Act (1888); Settlement Patterns, Chinese American; Students, Chinese American; Tan, Amy; Tien, Chang-lin; Ting, Samuel C.C.; Tongs; Tsui, Daniel C.; Wang, An; Wang, Charles B.; Wang, Vera; Wang, Wayne; Wing, Yung; Women, Chinese American; Wong, Jade Snow; Woo, Shien Biau; Wu, Chien-Shiung; Yang, Chen Ning

The Filipino American Experience: History and Culture

Acculturation and the Filipino American Community; Agbayani Village; Agricultural Unions, Filipino Americans and; Anti-Filipino Movement; Aruego, Jose; Associations, Filipino American; Buaken, Manuel; Bulosan, Carlos; Business and Entrepreneurship, Filipino American; Center for Philippine Studies; Compadrinazgo ; Cordova, Fred; Demographics, Filipino American; Demonstration Project for Asian Americans; Education, Filipino American; Exchange Visitor Program; Family Life, Filipino American; Filipinas Magazine; Filipino American National Historical Society; Filipino Federation of America; Filipino Federation of Labor; Filipino Higher Wage Movement; Filipino Infantry Regiments; Filipino Naturalization Act (1946);
Hagedorn, Jessica; Iglesia ni Cristo; Immigration, Filipino; International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Filipino Americans and; Interracial Dating and Marriage, Filipino Americans; Itliong, Larry; Labor and Employment, Filipino American; Literature, Filipino American; Little Manila; Louisiana Purchase Exposition (1904); Media and Visual Arts, Filipino American; Navy, Filipinos in the U.S.; Nurses, Filipino/a; Political and Social Empowerment, Filipino American; Religion, Filipino American; Repatriation Act (1935); Restaurants and Cuisine, Filipino American; Tagalog; Taxi-Dance Halls; Tydings-McDuffie Act (1934); Women, Filipina American

The Indian American Experience: History and Culture

Acculturation and the Indian American Community; Anglo-Indians; Association of Indians in America ; Bose, Sudhindra; Business and Entrepreneurship, Indian American ; Chandrasekhar, Subrahmanyan; Demographics, Indian American; Education, Indian American; Family Life, Indian American ; First Indo-American Bank; Ghadr Movement; Health and Medicine, Indian Americans in; Homosexuality in the Indian American Community; Hotel and Motel Business, Indian Americans in the; Immigration, Indian American; Khalsa Diwan Society; Labor and Employment, Indian American; Lahiri, Jhumpa; Literature, Indian American; Media and Visual Arts, Indian American; Mehta, Zubin; Mexican-Indian Marriages; Mukherjee, Bharati; Newsstands, Indian; Pandit, Sakharam Ganesh; Political and Social Empowerment, Indian American;
Press, Indian American; Punjabi Americans; Ramakrishna Mission; Religion, Indian American; Restaurants and Cuisine, Indian American; San Francisco Radical Club; Saund, Dalip Singh; Seattle Exclusion League; Self-Realization Fellowship; Shridharani, Krishnalal; Singh, Jawala; Subba Row, Yellapragada; Theosophical Society; U.S. v. Bhagat Singh Thind (1923); Watumull Foundation; Women, Indian American; Yuba City, California

The Indonesian American Experience: History and Culture

The Japanese American Experience: History and Culture

Acculturation and the Japanese American Community; Agriculture, Japanese Americans in; Anti-Japanese Movement; Arai, Clarence Takeya; Asiatic Exclusion League; Buddhist Churches of America; Business and Entrepreneurship, Japanese American; Civil Liberties Act (1988); Collins, Wayne M.; Commission on the Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians; Coram Nobis Cases (1943, 1944); Day of Remembrance; Diaspora, Japanese; Draft Resistance, World War II; Education, Japanese American; Emigration Companies; Ex parte Endo (1944); Executive Order 9066 (1942); Family Life, Japanese American; 442nd Regimental Combat Team; Furuya, Masajiro; Gentlemen's Agreement (1907-1908 ); Hawaii Seven; Hayakawa, S.I.; Heart Mountain Fair Play Committee; Heco, Joseph; Hirabayashi v. United States (1943); Hood River Incident; Ichihashi, Yamato; Ichioka, Yuji;
Incarceration and Exile: Japanese Americans in World War II; Inouye, Daniel K.; Interracial Dating and Marriage, Japanese American; Inu (Informants); Irwin, Robert Walker; Issei ; Japan Bashing; Japanese American Citizens League; Japanese American Evacuation Claims Act (1948); Japanese American National Museum; Japanese Associations; Japanese Language Schools; Japanese-Mexican Labor Association; Japanese Peruvians; Kibei ; Kitano, Harry H.L.; Koda, Keisaburo; Korematsu v. U.S. (1944); Labor and Employment, Japanese American; Literature, Japanese American; Little Tokyo; Manzanar Incident; Martial Arts, Japanese; Masaoka, Mike Masaru; Matsunaga, Spark; McClatchy, V.S.; Midori; Mineta, Norman; Mink, Patsy Takemoto; Myer, Dillon S.; National Japanese American Student Relocation Council; Native Sons of the Golden West; Nisei; Noguchi, Isamu; Okubo, Mine; Omura, James Matsumoto;
Ozawa, Seiji; Picture Brides; Press, Japanese American; Redress Movement; Religion, Japanese American; Resettlement, Post-World War II Incarceration; Restaurants and Cuisine, Japanese American; Satow, Masao; "Schoolboy"/"Schoolgirl"; Seabrook Farms; Settlements, Japanese American; Shikata Ga Nai ; Shima, George; Slocum, Tokutaro "Tokie"; Takao Ozawa v. United States (1922); Tokyo Rose (Ikuko "Iva" Toguri); Tolan Committee; Uchida, Yoshiko; Uno, Edison Tomimaro; War Relocation Authority; Weglyn, Michi Nishiura; Yamaguchi, Kristi; Yasui v. United States (1943)

The Korean American Experience: History and Culture

Association of Korean Political Studies; Business and Entrepreneurship, Korean American; Chang, Sarah; Cho, Margaret; Community Organizations, Korean American; Koreagate; Korean American Coalition; Korean National Association; Koreatown (Los Angeles); Lee, Sammy; Literature, Korean American ; Los Angeles Riots; Moon, Sun Myung; Paik, Nam June; Religion, Korean American; Students, Korean American; Treaty of Amity and Commerce (1882); War Brides, Korean; Women, Korean American

The Laotian and Hmong American Experience: History and Culture

Community Organizations, Hmong American; Political and Social Empowerment, Hmong American; Religion, Hmong American; Religion, Laotian American; Women, Hmong American

The Malaysian American Experience: History and Culture

The Mongolian American Experience: History and Culture

The Nepalese American Experience: History and Culture

The Pacific Islander American Experience: History and Culture

Chamorros; Hapa; Hawaiians; Samoan Americans; Tongans

The Pakistani American Experience: History and Culture

Pakistan League of America; Religion, Pakistani American

The Singaporean American Experience: History and Culture

The Sri Lankan American Experience: History and Culture

The Taiwanese American Experience: History and Culture

Business and Entrepreneurship, Taiwanese American; Coordination Council for North American Affairs; Demographics, Taiwanese American; Ho, David; Hsi Lai Temple; Lee, Ang; Lee, Yuan-Tseh; Lee (Wen Ho) Case; Parachute Kids; Political Empowerment, Taiwanese American; Students, Taiwanese American; Taiwan Independence Movement; Yang, Jerry

The Thai American Experience: History and Culture

Bunker, Chang and Eng; Woods, Tiger

The Tibetan American Experience: History and Culture

The Vietnamese American Experience: History and Culture

"Boat People"; Bui, Tony; Business and Entrepreneurship, Vietnamese American; Lam, Tony; Literature, Vietnamese American; Little Saigon (Orange County, California); Politics and Political Empowerment, Vietnamese American; Refugee Act (1980); Religion, Vietnamese American; Women, Vietnamese American


Review(s): "Here is a unique reference work focusing on the history, culture, contributions, and challenges of a variety of Asian-origin groups in the U.S. ... This is an excellent resource that will be used wherever there are immigrant communities or where students need a starting point for research topics. Great for high-school, college, and public libraries." -- Booklist (starred review)

"The compilation is a valuable overview of the complexity of nationalities, histories, and cultures included in the rubric 'Asian American.' Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers." -- Choice

"This well-realized introduction to the culture and history of 21 ethnic groups includes the largest and most prominent--those that have their origins in China, the Philippines, India, Korea, Vietnam, and Japan--as well as smaller groups such as Bangladeshi-, Burmese-, Mongolian-, and Tibetan-Americans. ... The text is clear and balanced, and occasionally profound. ... This excellent, up-to-date resource will prove valuable to general readers and students." -- School Library Journal

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