Strangers from a different shore : a history of Asian Americans (Book, 1998) [University of Maryland, College Park]
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Strangers from a different shore : a history of Asian Americans

Strangers from a different shore : a history of Asian Americans

Author: Ronald T Takaki
Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Updated and rev. ed., 1st Back Bay edView all editions and formats
A history of Asian Americans, introducing the people, the cultures, and their hope, fears, contribution, and dreams.
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Takaki, Ronald T., 1939-2009.
Strangers from a different shore.
Boston : Little, Brown, ©1998
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ronald T Takaki
ISBN: 0316831301 9780316831307
OCLC Number: 39870088
Description: xv, 591 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 21 cm
Contents: Preface to the new edition: Confronting "cultural literacy": the redefining of America --
1. From a different shore: their history bursts with telling --
2. Overblown with hope: the first wave of Asian immigration --
"Get labor first" : the American errand into the wilderness --
Tan Heung Shan and Gam Saan --
A Meiji voice crossing the Pacific --
Leaving the land of "morning calm" --
Manongs in movement --
From the plains of the Punjab --
Pacific passages --
3. Gam saan haak: the Chinese in nineteenth-century America --
Searching for Gold Mountain --
The heathen Chinee --
Letters from the "colony" --
4. Raising cane: the world of plantation Hawaii --
Hana-hana: working --
Politics: seasons of rebellion --
Plantation camps: culture and community --
5. Ethnic solidarity: the settling of Japanese America --
Ethnic enterprise --
The exclusionist basis of ethnicity --
Hyphenated Americans: the Nisei generation --
6. Ethnic islands: the emergence of urban Chinese America --
Angel Island --
Gilded ghettoes: Chinatowns in the early twentieth century --
Searching for bridges: second-generation Chinese Americans --
7. Struggling against colonialism: Koreans in America --
A people without a country --
Growing up Korean American --
8. "The tide of turbans": Asian Indians in America --
Dark Caucasians: The "Hindoo question" --
A community of "uncles" --
9. Dollar a day, dime a dance: the forgotten Filipinos --
Mabuhay Manong: from the fisheries of Alaska to the fields of California --
The "little brown brother" in America --
Bahala na: men in McIntosh suits --
In the heart of Filipino America --
10. The watershed of World War II: democracy and race --
"On to Bataan" --
"I am Korean" --
Confronting contradictions: Nazi Nordic superiority and American exclusion of Asian Indians --
The repeal of Chinese exclusion --
The myth of "military necessity" for Japanese American internment --
11. "Strangers" at the gates again: post-1965 --
Through the rain at night: communities in transition --
The second wave: the recent Asian immigration --
Pushed by "necessity" : the refugees from Southeast Asia --
12. Breaking silences: community of memory --
The myth of the "model minority" --
Roots --
13. One-tenth of the nation: Asian Americans in the twenty-first century --
Redefining race in America: the 1992 Los Angeles Riot --
A "chain reaction" of issues: from Asian-American admissions to affirmative action --
Asian-American multiplicity --
The past as a path to the future.
Responsibility: Ronald Takaki.


A history of Asian Americans, introducing the people, the cultures, and their hope, fears, contribution, and dreams.

In an extraordinary blend of narrative history, personal recollection, and oral testimony, the author presents a sweeping history of Asian Americans. He writes of the Chinese who laid tracks for the transcontinental railroad, of plantation laborers in the canefields of Hawaii, of "picture brides" marrying strangers in the hope of becoming part of the American dream. He tells stories of Japanese Americans behind the barbed wire of U.S. internment camps during World War II, Hmong refugees tragically unable to adjust to Wisconsin's alien climate and culture, and Asian American students stigmatized by the stereotype of the "model minority." This is a powerful and moving work that will resonate for all Americans, who together make up a nation of immigrants from other shores.--Publisher description.

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