The Chinese in America A Narrative History Review í 2

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The Chinese in America A Narrative History Review í 2 ↠ In an epic story that spans 150 years and continues to the present day Iris Chang tells of a people’s search for a better life—the determination of the Chinese to forge an identity and a destiny in a strange land and often against great obstacles to find success She cAccomplishments in America of Chinese immigrants and their descendents building the infrastructure of their adopted country fighting racist and exclusionary laws walking the racial tightrope between black and white contributing to major scientific and technological advances expanding the. As good as the author's book on Nanking Comprehensive but full of individual anecdotes too

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Literary canon and influencing the way we think about racial and ethnic groups Interweaving political social economic and cultural history as well as the stories of individuals Chang offers a bracing view not only of what it means to be Chinese American but also of what it is to be Americ. Before I picked up this book I knew token bits and pieces of Chinese American history namely the obvious stuff like the transcontinental railroad Angel Island model minority labeling etc Iris Chang's book put these tidbits into context and filled in the vast gaps in my knowledge Chang traces Chinese immigration to the United States from the time of the ing dynasty to 2003 clearly explaining the historical events in China and Taiwan that sparked each successive wave of migration Along the way I learned about the Chinese Exclusion Act the rise and fall of America's Chinatowns and the struggle of Chinese Americans in the segregated South to navigate its stark black or white categories The most interesting parts of the book for me focused on the uestion of Chinese American activism African Americans and Latino Americans have a rich history of engagement in the struggle for civil and labor rights But the Asian American community has always struck me as reluctant if not downright apathetic about engaging in social and political activism In her book Chang highlights several examples of Chinese American activism eg Rice Bowl parties during World War II the Third World Liberation Front at SFSU the civil rights work of Grace Lee Boggs but she also suggests that Chinese and Taiwanese Americans have traditionally avoided social and political activism because of their fear of government reprisal a fear that was repeatedly borne out in their home countries In the wake of an anti Chinese American backlash following the 2001 spy plane incident Chang wonders if the Chinese American community needs to do some soul searching Could their own memories of repressive regimes in Asia have nudged them toward a safe haven of political apathy in the United StatesWas it perhaps short sighted to discourage their children from careers in the media and the arts careers that could influence public perception of Chinese Americans in favor of the anonymous fields of science and technology I'm grateful that Chang herself chose a career in the arts and captured this history a history that most Americans including Chinese Americans know so little about

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The Chinese in America A Narrative HistoryIn an epic story that spans 150 years and continues to the present day Iris Chang tells of a people’s search for a better life the determination of the Chinese to forge an identity and a destiny in a strange land and often against great obstacles to find success She chronicles the many. I was feeling resentful that the Chinese were coming into America and taking advantage of the devaluation of our property and buying up everything; starting businesses here and taking over Found this book in the library in my community library was attracted by the title and started to read it I am 34th the way through it and I have done a 360 on the presence of the Chinese here now They earned their placeThe book is not about recently emigration but it goes back in history to the early 1800's when so many came here to mine gold and build the railroad These poor people were treated worse than animal but continued their plight for centuries not getting recognized as a viable human until recent years By recent I mean as recent as 1990 This is a must read for all American white We have treated those that are not like us is such an inhuman way I hardly want to put myself in that classWell written; dates jump around but not so much that it is hard to follow and the author did the research on historical events that are factual and meaningful