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Asian American Dreams : The Emergence of an American People

Asian American Dreams : The Emergence of an American People - 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0374527365

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ISBN13: 978-0374527365
ISBN10: 0374527369
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 00
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Inc.
Published: 2000
International: No

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Asian American Dreams : The Emergence of an American People - 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0374527365

Helen Zia

ISBN13: 978-0374527365
ISBN10: 0374527369
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 00
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Inc.

Published: 2000
International: No
Summary

This groundbreaking book is about the transformation of Asian Americans from a few small, disconnected, and largely invisible ethnic groups into a self-identified racial group that is influencing every aspect of American society. It explores the junctures that shocked Asian Americans into motion and shaped a new consciousness, including the murder of Vincent Chin, a Chinese American, by two white autoworkers who believed he was Japanese; the apartheid-like working conditions of Filipinos in the Alaska salmon canneries; the boycott of Korean American greengrocers in Brooklyn; the L.A. riots; and the casting of non-Asians in the Broadway musical Miss Saigon. The book also examines the rampant stereotyping of Asian Americans, which has an impact on key issues concerning all Americans, from affirmative action and campaign finance to popular culture and national security.

Author Bio

Zia, Helen :

Helen Zia, the daughter of Chinese immigrants, was born in 1952, when there were only 150,000 Chinese Americans in the entire country, and she writes as a personal witness to the dramatic changes involving Asian Americans.

Helen Zia an award-winning journalist, has covered Asian American communities and social and political movements for more than twenty years. Born in New Jersey and a graduate of Princeton's first coeducational class, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.


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