Some additional books for Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month 2010
The library is featuring a display through the month of May recognizing the history, achievements, and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans in American history. As if often happens, I have a few extra books I was not able to put in the display case. So I am listing them here so people can find them. The books are located in the library's General Collection (third floor).
- Bain, David Haward, Empire Express: Building the First Transcontinental Railroad. I include this book, which is not just about Asian Americans, because Chinese immigrants, along with Irish and Blacks, were the main builders of the transcontinental railroad. In addition, May marks the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad. HE 2751 .B24 2000.
- Garrod, Andrew and Robert Kilkenny, eds., Balancing Two Worlds: Asian American College Students Tell Their Life Stories. This book is a collection of personal narratives by Asian American college students. They discuss how they dealt with issues such as assimiliation, gender, religion, conflicts, and sexuality all while being perceived as the "ideal" or "model" minority. "Anyone who wants to learn about the changing concept of race in America and what it's like to be a young American of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Burmese, or South Asian descent--from educators and college administrators to students and their families--will find Balancing Two Worlds a compelling read and a valuable resource" (from the book description). LC 2633.6 .B35 2007.
- Robin, Greg. By Order of the President: FDR and the Internment of Japanese Americans. During World War II, the President authorized what became as the Japanese internments where Japanese Americans, who were American citizens, were stripped of their citizenship and sent to camps away from the coast. The author explores this issue in the context of FDR's usual humanitarian reputation. Publisher's Weekly says that "Robinson's conscientious arguments and meticulous documentation movingly clarify a little-understood failure of American democracy." D 769.8 .A6 R63 2001.
- Li, Yiyun, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers. Publisher's Weekly described this book as "a beautifully executed debut collection of 10 stories explores the ravages of the Cultural Revolution on modern Chinese, both in China and America." If you want a small collection of short stories where every piece is a gem, this is one to pick up. PL 2946 .Y59 T46 2005.
- Pfaelzer, Jean, Driven Out: The Forgotten War Against Chinese Americans. The Japanese are not the only Asian community that has been purged or moved forcibly by the U.S. In a forgotten episode of American history, thousands of Chinese immigrants were purged from the Pacific Northwest between 1850 and 1906. This event is comparable to the Nazi purges of the Jews in Germany or more recent ethnic cleansings in Bosnia and Rwanda. The book "is a meticulously researched and very readable recounting of America-s systematic effort to purge all Chinese immigrants, from the mid-19th into the early-20th centuries. Jean Pfaelzer documents hundreds of cases in which the Chinese were lynched, maimed, burned out of their neighborhoods, and forced at gunpoint to leave mining camps, small villages, Indian reservations, and Chinatowns. The methodical and ruthless nature of this ethnic cleansing was matched only by the resistance from the Chinese," writes Franklin Odo, Director, Smithsonian Institution Asian Pacific American Program. F 870 .C5 P48 2007.
- Yoo, David K., Growing Up Nisei: Race, Generation, and Culture Among Japanese-Americans of California, 1924-1949. A Nisei is a person born of Japanese immigrants. Yoo's book looks at the Nisei in California from 1924 to the period right after World War II. "What did it mean to live as a young Japanese American in California from the 1920s through World War II? This is the question that David Yoo seeks to examine in his carefully researched and thoughtful social history." -- Gordon H. Chang,writing for Western Historical Quarterly. F 870 .J3 Y66 2000.