Chinese American Voices From the Gold Rush to the Present

ISBN-10: 0520243102

ISBN-13: 9780520243101

Edition: 2006

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Described by others as quaint and exotic, or as depraved and threatening, and, more recently, as successful and exemplary, the Chinese in America have rarely been asked to describe themselves in their own words. This superb anthology, a diverse and illuminating collection of primary documents and stories by Chinese Americans, provides an intimate and textured history of the Chinese in America from their arrival during the California Gold Rush to the present. Among the documents are letters, speeches, testimonies, oral histories, personal memoirs, poems, essays, and folksongs; many have never been published before or have been translated into English for the first time. They bring to life the diverse voices of immigrants and American-born; laborers, merchants, and professionals; ministers and students; housewives and prostitutes; and community leaders and activists. Together, they provide insight into immigration, work, family and social life, and the longstanding fight for equality and inclusion. Featuring photographs and extensive introductions to the documents written by three leading Chinese American scholars, this compelling volume offers a panoramic perspective on the Chinese American experience and opens new vistas on American social, cultural, and political history.
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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 3/20/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 474
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

Gordon H. Chang is Oliver H. Palmer Professor in Humanities and Professor of History at Stanford University.

"Skillfully selected, translated, and annotated, this compelling compendium of voices bear witness to the diversity and depth of the Chinese American experience and, significantly, its indispensable centrality to American life and history." Gary Y. Okihiro, author of Common Ground
Reimagining American History "Here at last is a wide-ranging record of Chinese American experiences from the viewpoints of the players
Chinese American Voices is an impressive feat of scholarship, an indispensable reference, and a compelling read." Ruthanne Lum McCunn, author of Thousand Pieces of Gold and The Moon Pearl "This anthology offers a virtual "Gam Saan" (Gold Mountain) of original sources
The stories burst with telling and re-affirm a vision of men and women as actors in history, who made themselves as Chinese Americans as they helped to make America itself." Ronald Takaki, author of Strangers from a Different Shore
A History of Asian Americans "This volume of sixty-two annotated documents, many translated from Chinese for the first time, is a boon to faculty and students interested in Chinese American history, Asian American history, U.S. immigration history, and race and ethnic relations
The life stories, in particular, are appealing for students, the reading public, and scholars alike as they hear the voices of individuals long misunderstood, denigrated, and silenced
All of us owe a debt of gratitude to the three editors for their dedicated labor of love." Sucheng Chan, author of Chinese American Transnationalism
The Flow of People, Resources, and Ideas between China and America during the Exclusion Era "This is a superb collection." Roger Daniels, author of Guarding the Golden Door
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