The Chinese in America

The Chinese in America : A Narrative History

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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 chronicles the many accomplishments 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 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 American.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 134.62 x 198.12 x 33.02mm | 453.59g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0142004170
  • 9780142004173
  • 115,483

About Iris Chang

Iris Chang's numerous honors include the John T. and Catherine D. MacArthur Foundation's Program on Peace and International Cooperation Award. Her work has appeared in many publications, including the New York Times, Newsweek, and the Los Angeles Times. She is also the author of the bestselling The Rape of Nanking, available from Penguin.
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Review quote

"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."
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Table of contents

Introduction   viiThe Old Country: Imperial China in the Nineteenth Century   1

America: A New Hope   20

"Never Fear, and You Will Be Lucky": Journey and Arrival in San Francisco   29

Gold Rushers on Gold Mountain   38

Building the Transcontinental Railroad   53

Life on the Western Frontier   65

Spreading Across America   93

Rumblings of Hatred   116

The Chinese Exclusion Act   130

Work and Survival in the Twentieth Century   157

A New Generation is Born   173

Chinese America During the Great Depression   199

"The Most Important Historical Event of Our Times": World War II   215

"A Mass Inquisition": The Cold War, the Chinese Civil War, and McCarthyism   236

New Arrivals, New Lives: The Chaotic 1960s   261

The Taiwanese Americans   283

The Bamboo Curtain Rises: Mainlanders and Model Minorities   312

Decade of Fear: The 1990s   334

High Tech vs. Low Tech   348

A Uncertain Future   389  

Notes   405
Acknowledgements   477
Index   481 
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