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Title:
Asian-American experience on file
Author:
Smith, Carter, 1962-
Publication Information:
New York : Facts On File, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
1 volume (various pagings) : illustrations, maps ; 30 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780816036967
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Book

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Summary

Summary

This volume details the experience of a wide variety of Asian Americans. Attention is given to those from China, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Hawaii and the Pacific Islands, Japan, and Korea.

Coverage includes:
• Asian and Pacific Background: Asian geography; background on China, Japan/Korea, the Philippines and the Pacific Islands, South Asia, Southeast Asia; and religions such as Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Shintoism
• The Early Immigrants (Pre-1900): Demographics of different immigrant groups; Hawaiian sugar plantations; the building of the Central Pacific Railroad; and Chinese labor in mining towns
• The Early 20th Century (1900-1945): The rise of Japanese and Filipino immigration; Chinese Americans after the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882; integration of Indians in Mexico and the United States; and Asian Americans in the armed forces
• From WWII Through Vietnam (1946-1975): The dramatic rise in immigration of Chinese women between 1945 and 1952; transcendental meditation; settlement patterns of Asian Americans; and professions of newly arrived Korean immigrants in 1965
• "Model Minorities" and Political Refugees (1975-Present): Southeast Asian refugee resettlement locations; Chinatowns in the United States; settlement of Vietnamese and Cambodian refugees; and inventions by Asian Americans.


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Booklist Review

Reference sources related to Asian Americans for school and public libraries have been scarce. These resources, plus Greenwood's Distinguished Asian Americans (reviewed on p.1278), help fill a gap in reference collections. Asian-American Experience is available in print or online formats (there is also a CD-ROM , which we did not see for this review). The print version, in the familiar On File format, consists of more than 100 black-line masters on heavy stock in a three-ring notebook, complete with a reproduction certificate for nonprofit, educational, or private-use photocopying. Organized chronologically into five historical eras, content including maps, graphs, drawings, photographs, text, and time lines provides an overview of Asian American history beginning with the Chinese immigration to California in the mid-1800s to the present. Chapter one looks at what spurred immigration to and life in the U.S. in the nineteenth century; Chinese, Japanese, and Korean politics and culture; conflicts in India and the Philippines at the turn of the last century; and the postwar upheaval in Southeast Asia. Chapter two focuses almost exclusively on early Chinese communities: the "arrival, settlement and growing discrimination," the Gold Rush, building the Transcontinental Railroad, and the Chinese Exclusion Act. It also looks at "plantation life in Hawaii, where Chinese, Japanese, Filipinos and others laid the foundation of one of this nation's most multicultural states." Chapter three covers from 1900 to 1945 including the arrival of Koreans, Asian Indians, and Filipinos in mainland U.S.; Hawaiian labor strife; immigration laws; and World War II and the internment of Japanese Americans. Chapter four is concerned with the second wave of immigration (1946-1974) and examines the cold war's impact on Asian Americans. Chapter five studies 1975 to the present in terms of the new surge in immigration, the history of the Japanese Redress Movement, and racial distrust and conflict. Chapter six looks at Asian American cultural contributions to art, literature, business, cooking, and the martial arts. A list of sources, a bibliography including Web sites, and an index complete the notebook. The online version presents the same material but as .pdf files searchable in three ways: table of contents, keyword, or A^-Z. The table of contents search parallels the structure of the print set. A keyword search retrieves index entries, which are linked to relevant pages; our search for California found 46 index headings and subheadings. The A^-Z search retrieves index entries alphabetically. The list of sources and the bibliography can be accessed by selecting Other Resources from the main page. Adobe Acrobat Reader, available for free downloading, is required to read the .pdf files. The images are clear on the screen; printouts will depend on the state of the library's printers. Asian-American Experience On File complements Facts On File's other multicultural offerings, such as African-American History On File. Upper-elementary and secondary teachers and students looking for supplementary materials for units on diversity, the California Gold Rush, Hawaii, and Chinese history will certainly find it here. The online version, which is straightforward and extremely easy to use, is only one of several On Files that are now available online.


School Library Journal Review

Gr 8 Up-Following an introduction that provides background information on contemporary Asia and the regional origins of emigration, four chronological sections offer primarily graphic information about the Asian-American experience from the arrival of the earliest Chinese immigrants to the 1990s. The focus of this essentially visual resource is immigration patterns and the events that influenced them. Most topics are contained on one page. Exceptions include subjects of greater complexity such as the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. The graphics, which include sharp black-and-white time lines, graphs, charts, diagrams, reproductions, and maps, effectively convey information about the political and social history of the individual ethnic groups. An afterword looks at the cultural contributions of Asian Americans. Although the book does not provide in-depth treatment, it does contain much useful information. The heavy stock, loose-leaf pages can be easily removed from the three-ring binder and are copyright-free for educational purposes.-Sylvia V. Meisner, Allen Middle School, Greensboro, NC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Excerpts

Excerpts

This volume details the experience of a wide variety of Asian Americans. Attention is given to those from China, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Hawaii and the Pacific Islands, Japan, and Korea. Coverage includes: • Asian and Pacific Background: Asian geography; background on China, Japan/Korea, the Philippines and the Pacific Islands, South Asia, Southeast Asia; and religions such as Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Shintoism • The Early Immigrants (Pre-1900): Demographics of different immigrant groups; Hawaiian sugar plantations; the building of the Central Pacific Railroad; and Chinese labor in mining towns • The Early 20th Century (1900-1945): The rise of Japanese and Filipino immigration; Chinese Americans after the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882; integration of Indians in Mexico and the United States; and Asian Americans in the armed forces • From WWII Through Vietnam (1946-1975): The dramatic rise in immigration of Chinese women between 1945 and 1952; transcendental meditation; settlement patterns of Asian Americans; and professions of newly arrived Korean immigrants in 1965 • "Model Minorities" and Political Refugees (1975-Present): Southeast Asian refugee resettlement locations; Chinatowns in the United States; settlement of Vietnamese and Cambodian refugees; and inventions by Asian Americans. Excerpted from Asian-American Experience on File All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.