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The Making of Asian America: A History

The Making of Asian America: A History

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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I’m a writer and professor who loves reading and writing. I finished my fourth book: America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the U.S., which will be published by Basic Books/Hachette on November 26, 2019.

    The Making of Asian America: A History Comentarios

  • 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 pi...

  • 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...

  • 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 statisti...

  • RuthAnn

    RecommendedI do NOT have a head for history, so I'm grateful for books like this that can help educate me on topics that are a part of American history and yet are not covered at all in education. The...

  • J

    Isn't it fun to have to read a book ten years after public education to learn "your" history? I will admit I could and should have done this sooner. For a long time I was disenchanted from reading, fr...

  • Rosalie

    Thorough history of Asian immigration from before the United States was even founded, to present day. Includes stories of individuals as well as many statistics of large groups of people from all over...

  • 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,...

  • 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 ...

  • N N

    Wow, I wish I had learned all this in school! As an Asian American myself, I learned so much and this really broadened my perspective. This is must-read remedial education for pretty much anyone who g...

  • Fei

    The most comprehensive Asian American history 101 book I've come across, including details about early communities that settled in CA and New Orleans in the 18-19th century, undocumented immigration i...

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