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The Chinese Americans
Bloom, Barbara Lee, 1943-
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Publication Information:
San Diego, CA : Lucent Books, [2002]

Physical Description:
112 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Reviews the reasons why millions of Chinese have immigrated to America, what their passage was like, the kind of jobs most found, communities they formed, and the prejudice they faced.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 9.4 6.0 57491.
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E184.C5 B56 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Starting with the California gold rush in 1849, Chinese immigrants looked to the United States as a land of opportunity and a haven from conflict. Despite discrimination and legal exclusion in the early years, the book recounts how Chinese Americans gave their talents to help our country grow and prosper and how they found success for themselves.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-Up These series entries describe when and why residents of China and Russia emigrated to the U.S., their journeys here, the work they found, the prejudice they encountered, their lifestyles, and their efforts to assimilate into American culture while still retaining values and traditions from their homelands. The clear, lively texts weave in many first-person accounts and expand information in numerous sidebars and boxes. Bloom's book is more in-depth than Alexandra Bandon's Chinese Americans (Macmillan, 1994; o.p.) and includes a separate chapter on the Chinese in Hawaii. Malvasi's title updates but has less history than Paul R. Magocsi's The Russian Americans (Chelsea, 1995; o.p.). The immigration of Jews from Russia receives substantial coverage. Unfortunate geographical errors have the Great Wall on China's "western" border and Russians traveling "north" from Moscow and St. Petersburg to Vladivostok. Occasional reproductions and often-fuzzy black-and-white photographs contribute to a dreary format of pages with double-columned text. Otherwise, with their extensive footnotes and bibliographies (although some of the Web sites are no longer available), these are solid choices for reports. -Diane S. Marton, Arlington County Library, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.