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Asian Americans in United States History

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Edited by Gordon H. Chang, Mark Johnson, and Paul Karlstrom

Ancestors in the Americas" "Asian emigration had as much to do with developments in Europe as it did with developments in the Americas or in Asia.

Ancestors in the Americas"

American Orientalism. One day in early October 2001, three weeks after the Al Qaeda attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, Ansar Mahmood was out delivering pizzas in the town where he lived and worked in the Hudson River Valley, north of New York City.

American Orientalism

Mahmood was a green-card-holding immigrant from Pakistan. He had recently written to his sister back home about how beautiful the valley was, and he wanted to send her a picture. That day, as the sun began to set, he pulled over at a scenic spot and asked two men who were nearby to take a picture of him against the backdrop of the serene river and colorful fall foliage. In an interview with author and activist Irum Shiekh, Mahmood remembered receiving a call from his boss soon afterward; police were at the pizzeria and wanted to speak to him.

Unknown to Mahmood, the area where he had earlier taken a photo was close to a water treatment plant. The First Vietnam: The U.S.-Philippine War of 1899. By Luzviminda Francisco (1973) *With apologies to Mexicans, American Indians and other early victims of American imperialism.

The First Vietnam: The U.S.-Philippine War of 1899

Introduction. Philippine-American War, 1899-1902. SPICE - My Cambodia and My Cambodian America. In 1975, a radical new government assumed power in Cambodia and drastically transformed the country.

SPICE - My Cambodia and My Cambodian America

Religion was outlawed, and money was abolished. Mass executions were sanctioned by the state. The Search For General Tso. Mr Beller's Neighborhood. They Steal Young Girls by Carol J.

Mr Beller's Neighborhood

Binkowski 03/23/2009Neighborhood: Chinatown “You can’t walk around here! They steal young girls and sell them as slaves.” Grandma’s voice hit a higher pitch with each syllable, her blue eyes sparking with agitation behind the dark rims of her glasses. A Blue Chicken, and My First Naked Lady by Tom Diriwachter 06/22/2008Neighborhood: Chinatown Growing up on Staten Island, a trip to Manhattan, while covering only several miles, and less than an hour away, was an adventure. Moving with My Father by Francey Russell 06/29/2006Neighborhood: Chinatown. The Chinatown of the American South - Pacific Standard. When one thinks of American Chinatowns, they usually think of San Francisco and New York, but at one time the third largest Chinatown in the United States was in Louisiana.

The Chinatown of the American South - Pacific Standard

It’s story is an example of how economics and geopolitics shape the growth of ethnic enclaves. After the American Civil War ended legalized slavery in the U.S., Southern planters faced the challenge of finding labor to work their crops. It was common to employ the same black men and women who had been enslaved, now as sharecroppers or wage laborers, but the planters were interested in other sources of labor as well. At, Richard Campanella describes how some planters in Louisiana turned to Chinese laborers. How Racism Created America's Chinatowns. Last month, a San Francisco tour guide was caught in a racist rant about the city's Chinatown, berating residents for "eating turtles and frogs" and for not assimilating into American culture.

How Racism Created America's Chinatowns

There's an irony to these grievances, considering that Chinatowns in the U.S. sprang up in large part because of anti-Chinese racism, and because of legal barriers that prevented assimilation. At their height, there were dozens of Chinatowns, in big metro areas like Los Angeles and Chicago and in smaller cities like Cleveland and Oklahoma City.

You might think of these neighborhoods as places to eat dim sum and buy knickknacks, but the reasons they initially formed are much more complex -- and political. Chinatown, San Francisco, late 19th century. How Has Chinatown Stayed Chinatown? Every summer, Wellington Chen, the director of Chinatown’s Business Improvement District, dispatches interns to document all the businesses that have recently opened and closed in his neighborhood.

How Has Chinatown Stayed Chinatown?

He has noticed an overwhelming number of empty storefronts being filled by independent pharmacies. At the same time, senior and adult day-care centers have been proliferating — starting with a 19,000-square-foot building the city has installed on Centre Street. Chen says it’s a subtle indication of a trend: As so many immigrants’ children have left for college and never returned, and as other families have sought real estate in the outer boroughs (particularly in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, and Flushing, Queens), most of the people left in Chinatown’s historic core are the elderly dwellers of rent-regulated apartments.

How can this possibly be the state of one of the most desirable tracts of real estate in all of Manhattan? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. You May Not Know About The First Chinese Americans, But You Should. It wasn't easy being Chinese American in the early days.

You May Not Know About The First Chinese Americans, But You Should

From exclusionary laws to the racist caricatures that dotted newspaper comic pages, America wasn't exactly laying down the welcome mat. And yet, there were success stories. The Chinese American, a newspaper founded by the activist and journalist Wong Chin Foo, hit stands before the end of the 19th century. The actress Anna May Wong, born in Los Angeles to Chinese parents, beat the odds and wound up starring in silent films a few decades later. Some died too young to become known, like the World War II fighter pilot below. Mary Tape was an orphan from Shanghai. She arrived... - California State Library. The Agonizing Odyssey of Two People Kept Apart by Immigration Laws. These Nightclub Entertainers Paved The Way For Asian-Americans In Showbiz : Code Switch. A mid-1940s postcard from San Francisco's Forbidden City nightclub, which opened in 1938.

These Nightclub Entertainers Paved The Way For Asian-Americans In Showbiz : Code Switch

Courtesy DeepFocus Productions Inc. Hide caption itoggle caption Courtesy DeepFocus Productions Inc. A mid-1940s postcard from San Francisco's Forbidden City nightclub, which opened in 1938. Courtesy DeepFocus Productions Inc. As a kid growing up in San Francisco, filmmaker Arthur Dong often walked by a nightclub just outside of Chinatown. Of Another Fashion. Maxine Hong Kingston, The Warrior Woman. In 1976, following the eve on which Maxine Hong Kingston was recognized by the National Books Critics Circle for her memoir, The Warrior Woman, the author discussed her work with Charles Ruas.

The award winning book was the subject of much of their conversation, finding relevance in not just the Chinese American experience, but notable for its perspective on gender and global politics. Hong Kingston explains how the book's title is a reference to Chinese mythology, channeling the idea that in martial arts, the woman's body alone can be perfected. She reveals her interest in examining this and similar paradoxes, as well as exploring madness within her work. She likens the paradoxical tendencies of madness to practices exercised by writers. In some cases, these instances are more explicit. Novelist Maxine Hong Kingston (b. 1940) is known for her texts on the Chinese American experience and contributions to the feminist movement.

Taiko Drumming in North America. Gordon Hirabayashi, 1918-2012. By Guest Contributor Phil Yu, cross-posted from Angry Asian Man Received word through social media that civil rights hero Gordon Hirabayashi, best known for being one of the few people to openly defy the government’s unconstitutional internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, has died. He was 93. Exploring the “hidden legacy” of World War II internment camps.

Exploring the “hidden legacy” of World War II internment camps Posted by Angela Erika Kubo on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 · Leave a Comment. Forgotten documents reveal views on return of Japanese internees to Monterey Peninsula. In late August, local historian Tim Thomas was searching through a bank of file drawers in the second-floor conference room of the Japanese American Citizens League Hall in Monterey when he made a startling discovery. In a slightly frayed, rolled-up, legal-sized envelope dated May 9, 1945, he found a cache of West Coast history related to the mass incarceration of 120,000 Japanese, including American citizens, during World War II. It had not been seen in nearly 70 years. Name: Patsy Matsu Takemoto Mink Dates: 1927-2002 ... - Because of This Woman.

Korean Percussion Music & Dance in USA. A review of Diasporic P’ungmul in the United States: A Journey between Korea and the United States, by Soojin Kim. Soojin Kim’s dissertation explores the genre of p’ungmul percussion music and dance as it has been transmitted from South Korea to the United States in the late twentieth century. Simon C. Kim, "Memory and Honor" (Liturgical Press, 2013) (Yonhap Feature) For adoptees, DNA is game changer for finding roots. South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA) Masum Momaya, Before and After "Beyond Bollywood" Working from the premise that an exhibition is not "finished" when it opens its doors to the public and that audiences can also be cited as collaborators, Smithsonian Curator and Curatorial Intensive Alumna Masum Momaya reflects on her curatorial practice, using the exhibit Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation as a jumping off point.

The show––on view through August 15, 2015 at the National Museum of Natural History––explores the cultural, political, and professional contributions of Indian immigrants and Indian Americans in shaping U.S. history. What Is the Line Between Cultural Respect and (Mis)appropriation? Indian American Model on Racism in the Fashion Industry: Daily Beauty Reporter:

Sabrina Behl is an American model of South Asian descent living and working in New York City. The Kitchen Sisters. Five Historical Movies About Asians Hollywood Never Made at Asian American Film Lab. Asian American Film. The Chinese 'Paper Son' Who Inspired The Look Of Disney's 'Bambi' The Walt Disney Studio's artists used Tyrus Wong's paintings as a guide for the forest backgrounds of Bambi. On Mississippi Masala and Being Seen - The Toast. Manisha Aggarwal-Schifellite’s previous work for The Toast can be found here. I don’t remember when I first learned about the idea of “model minorities,” but when I was younger, it seemed like a good thing that people would assume I was smart, high achieving, and loyal to my family. My first thought was always “Look, there we are!” "We're here, and we can play all sorts of roles": Julia Cho on Acting and APIA Representation.

How important is it to see people like you in the media you consume? For your children to see themselves? A Brief, Weird History Of Squashed Asian-American TV Shows : Code Switch. “Asian Americans in Fashion” on CUNY TV. Behind the Shield. Pacific Standard. RE: Angry White Girl. Fetishizing Asian Men, Stereotyping Asian Women… that Shit is Racist. So I’ll give some context for the above image because if you’re reading it for the first time, you might feel as simultaneously angry and confused about the laughably ridiculous situation as I initially was.

A few weekends ago while doing my daily browsing through Tumblr, I stumbled across this particularly inflammatory, offensive, and all around racist, anti-Asian post written by a 20-year old white woman under the guise of a personal rant questioning why Asian men only date Asian women. A Conversation About Asian-American Erotic Fiction. Thuy Linh Tu, “The Beautiful Generation: Asian Americans and the Cultural Economy of Fashion” (Duke UP, 2010) Nicholas Hartlep, “The Model Minority Stereotype: Demystifying Asian American Success” (Information Age, 2013) Madeline Y. Hsu, "The Good Immigrants: How the Yellow Peril Became the Model Minority" (Princeton UP, 2015) Five ways the myth of the “model minority” hurts all of us. What Happens to All the Asian-American Overachievers When the Test-Taking Ends? “Model Minority” Pressures Take Mental Health Toll.

Tragedy of ‘golden’ daughter’s fall resonates with Asian immigrant children. The Dangerous Weight of Expectations - Pacific Standard. Diagnosing the Asian American Eating Disorder - Mochi Magazine. This Is What It's Like To Recover From An Eating Disorder During Ramadan. Is Beauty In The Eye(Lid) Of The Beholder? : Code Switch. Eight Ways I’ve Been Made to Feel About My Asian Eyes. No Fats, No Femmes, No Asians: Adventures in Gay Identity. The (Geo)Politics of Korean Cosmetic Surgery. What Goes Through Your Mind: On Nice Parties and Casual Racism. "You left your culture at the door" - The Toast. Why Yellow Fever Is Different than “Having a Type”

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