The Chinese in America: A Narrative History Paperback – Illustrated, 30 March 2004
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“A thought-provoking overview of how the Chinese have been an integral part of American history... An exemplary achievement.” —Christian Science Monitor
“Richly detailed... I know of no better introduction to this multilayered and emotionally charged story.” —Jonathan D. Spence
“Comprehensive, beautifully written, filled with deft and passionate analysis—the definitive book on Chinese American history for a new generation. Iris Chang places today’s Chinese Americans brilliantly into 150 years of U.S. history.” —David Henry Hwang, Tony Award–winning playwright
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- Language : English
- Paperback : 544 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0142004170
- ISBN-13 : 978-0142004173
- Reading age : 18 years and up
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I highly reccomend this book to other ABC's and CBC's so they know and can be proud of the people that "layed the tracks" so we could have a better future in North America.
The book not only tells the stories of the poor Chinese peasants from Toishan, Guangdong who came to America in the mid 19tth century and how they suffered physically and emotionally as slave laborer, it also vividly depicts the societies of Chinese immigrants in different parts of America and how they interacted with whites around them at the time. Its scope of coverage over a period of almost two centuries included the subsequent waves of people from different parts of China who came to America with different motives and for a variety of reasons in later days. Many of thesse later immigrants were not peasants. Many of them were political refugees and students.
America has a long history of discrimination and exclusion for "foreigners". The Irish,the Italian were treated like second class citizens in the earlier days in America. The Chinese, Japanese, Korean and other Asians suffered more and longer only because of the color of their skin. Some Americans do not seem to be able to recognize the fact that almost all but the Native American Indians were immigrants at one time or other. Most Americans todaay are less than five or six generations from the immigration of their forefathers. We had European immigrants in the 19th century and earlier 20th century. We have now Mexican and other South American immigrants in the 21st century. New Dreamers are who keep America growing strong today and tomorrow.
This book is the most comprehensive studies of Chinese immigrants in America. It documented the painful struggles of the Chinese in finding acceptance in this country. It is a book should be read not only by Chinese Americans but also other newcomers to this land of Hope and Liberty.