The Chinese American Family Album

The Chinese American Family Album

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Turn the pages of your family scrapbook or picture album and faces and memories leap out at you. Even if you never knew or don't remember some of your relatives, the snapshots and keepsakes make them familiar, and the old family stories never fail to bring a laugh and a warm memory. Now turn through the albums of other families - many other families - and see their grandfathers' and great-grandmothers' faces and read their stories. Why did they leave the old country? How did they get to America? What did they do when they got here? Why did they live the way they did? What did they think of the new homeland? What did other people think about them? How did they get along? The family album holds some of the answers. The Chinese American Family Album is a scrapbook of family letters and diary entries, official documents, newspaper articles, and excerpts from literature of the past and present - a personal remembrance of an extended family of Chinese immigrants and their descendants. As we read, we begin to know this family almost as well as our own. The letters written by the new immigrants to the folks left behind in China allow us to feel the ache of leaving home and family behind. Clippings from newspapers and personal memories tell of the pain of fear and prejudice in the new country. We learn about the building of the transcontinental railroad and how Chinese immigrants were the backbone of the work force, toiling long hours under the worst conditions. We see Chinatowns spring up wherever the immigrants landed, and we see how the traditions and culture of China were both preserved and altered as the immigrants became Americanized. But we also share the joy of first sighting the newhomeland. We follow families through the generations and see how they are living now and what they have brought to our country. We read about famous Chinese Americans who have risen to the top of their field, such as athlete Michael Chang, author Amy Tan, musician Yo-Yo Ma, and Senashow more

Product details

  • 9-12
  • Hardback | 128 pages
  • 220.98 x 281.94 x 15.24mm | 635.03g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • illustrations, map
  • 0195081307
  • 9780195081305

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-A sympathetic depiction of the trials of Chinese immigrants in America, land of the 'Gold Mountain.'....The many well-captioned archival illustrations and boxed articles featuring individual accomplishments add still more life and color to a particularly insightful model of modern documentary history.---Kirkus Reviews-This ambitious collection of brief topical essays, biographical sketches of prominent Chinese-Americans and autobiographical snippets that highlight typical experiences is lavishly illustrated, mostly with rare family photographs and documents. Good chronology and bibliography as well. A book well worth a close reading.---The New York Times Book Review "A sympathetic depiction of the trials of Chinese immigrants in America, land of the 'Gold Mountain.'....The many well-captioned archival illustrations and boxed articles featuring individual accomplishments add still more life and color to a particularly insightful model of modern documentary history."--Kirkus Reviews"This ambitious collection of brief topical essays, biographical sketches of prominent Chinese-Americans and autobiographical snippets that highlight typical experiences is lavishly illustrated, mostly with rare family photographs and documents. Good chronology and bibliography as well. A book well worth a close reading."--The New York Times Book Review "A sympathetic depiction of the trials of Chinese immigrants in America, land of the 'Gold Mountain.'....The many well-captioned archival illustrations and boxed articles featuring individual accomplishments add still more life and color to a particularly insightful model of modern documentary history."--Kirkus Reviews"This ambitious collection of brief topical essays, biographical sketches of prominent Chinese-Americans and autobiographical snippets that highlight typical experiences is lavishly illustrated, mostly with rare family photographs and documents. Good chronology and bibliography as well. A book well worth a close reading."--The New York Times Book Review "A sympathetic depiction of the trials of Chinese immigrants in America, land of the 'Gold Mountain.'....The many well-captioned archival illustrations and boxed articles featuring individual accomplishments add still more life and color to a particularly insightful model of modern documentary history."--Kirkus Reviews "This ambitious collection of brief topical essays, biographical sketches of prominent Chinese-Americans and autobiographical snippets that highlight typical experiences is lavishly illustrated, mostly with rare family photographs and documents. Good chronology and bibliography as well. A book well worth a close reading."--The New York Times Book Review "A sympathetic depiction of the trials of Chinese immigrants in America, land of the 'Gold Mountain.'....The many well-captioned archival illustrations and boxed articles featuring individual accomplishments add still more life and color to a particularly insightful model of modern documentary history."--Kirkus Reviews "This ambitious collection of brief topical essays, biographical sketches of prominent Chinese-Americans and autobiographical snippets that highlight typical experiences is lavishly illustrated, mostly with rare family photographs and documents. Good chronology and bibliography as well. A book well worth a close reading."--The New York Times Book Review "A sympathetic depiction of the trials of Chinese immigrants in America, land of the 'Gold Mountain.'....The many well-captioned archival illustrations and boxed articles featuring individual accomplishments add still more life and color to a particularly insightful model of modern documentaryhistory."--Kirkus Reviews"This ambitious collection of brief topical essays, biographical sketches of prominent Chinese-Americans and autobiographical snippets that highlight typical experiences is lavishly illustrated, mostly with rare family photographs and documents. Good chronology and bibliography as well. A book wellworth a close reading."--The New York Times Book Reviewshow more

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