Paperback ISBN: 1565129822
Adopted when she was a baby, Mei-Ling Hopgood grew up in the Midwest and was never really curious about her Asian roots. Then one day, when she was in her twenties, her birth family came calling-on the phone, on the computer, by fax-in a language she didn't understand. The Wangs wanted her to return home. But this unexpected reunion has a price: she uncovers secrets that haunt them to this day.&;lt;BR&;gt;&;lt;BR&;gt;Delving into Chinese culture and tradition, Hopgood tells a tale of love, frustration, hilarity, deep sadness, and great discovery as she comes to understand the true meaning of family.&;lt;BR&;gt;&;lt;BR&;gt;"An award-winning writer recounts her experience as one of the first Chinese babies adopted in the West and her way...A great book."---Good Housekeeping&;lt;BR&;gt;&;lt;BR&;gt;"Hopgood withstands the pressure and confusion of multiple loyalties, connections, and destinies with humor, sensitivity, and great candor."---Sarah Saffian, author of Ithaka: A Daughter's Memoir of Being Found&;lt;BR&;gt;&;lt;BR&;gt;"Hopgood is a likable narrator whose life embodies a fascinating Sliding Doors-type what if scenario... She deftly and movingly contrasts her own childhood with doting parents in a Michigan suburb to the very different lives of her sisters."---Elle&;lt;BR&;gt;&;lt;BR&;gt;"A compelling honest, and very human tale about self-identity and the complex concept of family,"---Kathleen Flinn, author of The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry
Lulu in the Sky
A Daughter of Cambodia Finds Love, Healing, and Double Happiness
Paperback ISBN: 0062091913
This last installment in the trilogy that started with First They Killed My Father follows Ung as she, while in college, struggles daily with darkness, anger and depression and takes her first tentative steps into love, activism and marriage after meeting a man who embodies American optimism. Original. 40,000 first printing.
The Making of Asian America
Hardcover ISBN: 1476739404
The definitive history of Asian Americans by one of the nation’s preeminent scholars on the subject. In the past fifty years, Asian Americans have helped change the face of America and are now the fastest growing group in the United States. But as award-winning historian Erika Lee reminds us, Asian Americans also have deep roots in the country.The Making of Asian America tells the little-known history of Asian Americans and their role in American life, from the arrival of the first Asians in the Americas to the present-day. An epic history of global journeys and new beginnings, this book shows how generations of Asian immigrants and their American-born descendants have made and remade Asian American life in the United States: sailors who came on the first trans-Pacific ships in the 1500s; indentured “coolies
The Making of Asian America
Paperback ISBN: 1476739412
"The definitive history of Asian Americans by one of the nation's preeminent scholars on the subject. In the past fifty years, Asian Americans have helped change the face of America and are now the fastest growing group in the United States. But as award-winning historian Erika Lee reminds us, Asian Americans also have deep roots in the country. The Making of Asian America tells the little-known history of Asian Americans and their role in American life, from the arrival of the first Asians in the Americas to the present-day. An epic history of global journeys and new beginnings, this book shows how generations of Asian immigrants and their American-born descendants have made and remade Asian American life in the United States: sailors who came on the first trans-Pacific ships in the 1500s; indentured "coolies" who worked alongside African slaves in the Caribbean; and Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Korean, and South Asian immigrants who were recruited to work in the United States only to face massive racial discrimination, Asian exclusion laws, and for Japanese Americans, incarceration during World War II. Over the past fifty years, a new Asian America has emerged out of community activism and the arrival of new immigrants and refugees. No longer a "despised minority," Asian Americans are now held up as America's "model minorities" in ways that reveal the complicated role that race still plays in the United States. Published to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the passage of the United States' Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 that has remade our "nation of immigrants," this is a new and definitive history of Asian Americans. But more than that, it is a new way of understanding America itself, its complicated histories of race and immigration, and its place in the world today"--
Margins and Mainstreams
Asians in American History and Culture
Paperback ISBN: 0295993561
In this groundbreaking book in ethnic studies, American studies, and U.S. history, Gary Okihiro explores the significance of Asian American experiences from the perspectives of historical consciousness, race, gender, class, and culture. While exploring anew the meanings of Asian American social history, Okihiro argues that the core values and ideals of the nation emanate today not from the so-called mainstream but from the margins, from among Asian and African Americans, Latinos and American Indians, women, and the gay and lesbian community. Those groups in their struggles for equality, have helped to preserve and advance the founders' ideals and have made America a more democratic place for all. Gary Y. Okihiro is professor of international and public affairs at Columbia University. "A concise, highly readable, and state-of-the-art reflection on Asian American history by one of its leading scholars." - Western Historical Quarterly "A convenient summary that deftly synthesizes recent scholarship exploring the intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, class, and culture among Asian Americans in the U.S. This stimulating and sophisticated treatment, written by a mature scholar, is well worth reading." - Choice
Midnight in Broad Daylight
A Japanese American Family Caught Between Two Worlds
Hardcover ISBN: 0062351931
Describes the true story of three Japanese American brothers, two of whom move to their mother's ancestral home in Hiroshima after their father's death, and find themselves on opposite sides of the world and the war as Pearl Harbor unfolds. 50,000 first printing.
Decolonizing Speculation in Financial Times
Paperback ISBN: 0822363798
In Migrant Futures Aimee Bahng traces the cultural production of futurity by juxtaposing the practices of speculative finance against those of speculative fiction. While financial speculation creates a future based on predicting and mitigating risk for wealthy elites, the wide range of speculative novels, comics, films, and narratives Bahng examines imagine alternative futures that envision the multiple possibilities that exist beyond capital’s reach. Whether presenting new spatial futures of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands or inventing forms of kinship in Singapore in order to survive in an economy designed for the few, the varied texts Bahng analyze illuminate how the futurity of speculative finance is experienced by those who find themselves mired in it. At the same time these displaced, undocumented, unbanked, and disavowed characters imagine alternative visions of the future that offer ways to bring forth new political economies, social structures, and subjectivities that exceed the framework of capitalism.
Paperback ISBN: 1939650305
"Eloquently written essays about aspects of Asian American life comprise this collection that looks at how Asian-Americans view themselves in light of America's insensitivities, stereotypes, and expectations. My Chinese-America speaks on masculinity, identity, and topics ranging from Jeremy Lin and immigration to profiling and Asian silences. This essays have an intimacy that transcends cultural boundaries, and casts light on a vital part of American culture that surrounds and influences all of us"--
My Life With Things
The Consumer Diaries
Paperback ISBN: 0822361361
My Life with Things is Elizabeth Chin's meditation on her relationship with consumer goods and a critical statement on the politics and method of anthropology in which she uses everyday items to intimately examine the ways consumption resonates with personal and social meaning.
The Nature of California
Race, Citizenship, and Farming Since the Dust Bowl
Paperback ISBN: 029599567x
The California farmlands have long served as a popular symbol of America’s natural abundance and endless opportunity. Yet, from John Steinbeck’sThe Grapes of Wrath and Carlos Bulosan’s America Is in the Heart to Helena Maria Viramontes’sUnder the Feet of Jesus, many novels, plays, movies, and songs have dramatized the brutality and hardships of working in the California fields. Little scholarship has focused on what these cultural productions tell us about who belongs in America, and in what ways they are allowed to belong. In The Nature of California, Sarah Wald analyzes this legacy and its consequences by examining the paradoxical representations of California farmers and farmworkers from the Dust Bowl migration to present-day movements for food justice and immigrant rights. Analyzing fiction, nonfiction, news coverage, activist literature, memoirs, and more, Wald gives us a new way of thinking through questions of national belonging by probing the relationships among race, labor, and landownership. Bringing together ecocriticism and critical race theory, she pays special attention to marginalized groups, examining how Japanese American journalists, Filipino workers, United Farm Workers members, and contemporary immigrants-rights activists, among others, pushed back against the standard narratives of landownership and citizenship. The result is a superbly crafted book that transforms our understanding of some American classics and introduces readers to lesser-known but equally important works—all in an effort to broaden our understanding of citizenship, immigration, and environmental justice.