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The Making of Asian America: A History (edição 2016)

por Erika Lee (Autor)

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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 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 more 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"--… (mais)
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Título:The Making of Asian America: A History
Autores:Erika Lee (Autor)
Informação:Simon & Schuster (2016), Edition: Reprint, 560 pages
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Impressively comprehensive and yet readable. You don't need to be a historian or academic to appreciate and be much better informed about the history of Asian America. There is a lot here that has never been taught in any social studies class or college history course. It is anti-racist must reading! ( )
  Salsabrarian | Sep 16, 2021 |
This is a book I didn’t even know about till a week ago but I couldn’t stop once I started listening to the audiobook. It’s a fascinating book about the people who migrated from different countries in Asia to the US from the 17th century till recently, and I think the author did a good job relaying both the political as well as the personal reasons for this migration. Along with the desperation of a people who want a better life, we also see the bigotry and xenophobia towards them and how these perceptions change based on world events, as well as based on what the politicians of US want Americans to feel. The chapters about the Japanese internment camps were particularly difficult to read.

This was very informative and I am glad to get the opportunity to expand my knowledge about this topic. My review is pretty incoherent because I’m just not in a mood to write anything today, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that I would definitely recommend this book if you are interested to learn this part of American history, which is not very well known nor considered very important to be taught. ( )
  ksahitya1987 | Aug 20, 2021 |
During Asian American and Pacific Islander month and following up on reading Interior Chinatown a new book on the whole history of Asians in America has fallen into my hands.

The Making of Asian America is a big scholarly book commendable for its detail and its depth of research. Think the first Asians showed up in the Americas at the time of the California Gold Rush? Chinese and Filipino sailors and businessmen were active in Peru and other parts of Spanish South America at least a century before that.

When the British in the Caribbean "freed" their Black workers they turned around and imported Chinese "indentured servants" in their place.
Though the "indentured" had some rights they were cruelly treated and lies to and abused.

There are details here of the internment camps during World War II that will tear at your heart. The book makes it clear that the treatment of American born Japanese was based much more on politics than on any danger they might have posed to national security.

It's a scholarly book with some dry stretches, interspersed with stories that excite and fascinate. One of the very first ships sent out from the newborn United States of America was the "Empress of China" sent around the horn to buy tea for American tables to bypass the (former) British monopoly.
(Gee where did you think the tea came from anyway?)

I got a lot out of it. History is always about then - and its always about now.
  magicians_nephew | May 27, 2021 |
  joyblue | May 16, 2021 |
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. ( )
  SuziSteffen | Feb 20, 2018 |
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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 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 more 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"--

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