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  1. says:

    a deeply researched overview of Asian migration to the Americas from the 16th century into the present homing in on the slow making of Asian American identity in the United States in lucid prose Lee sketches immigration patterns policy and politics and seamlessly interweaves the life stories of individual immigrants into her history humanizing what might have otherwise been a dry account of the subject


  2. says:

    File under More stuff I didn't learn in school With the recent news about Asians being in the news on immigration in literature in any number of subject areas this seemed like an intriguing pickup I knew a bit about the Japanese internment camps from World War II Chinese immigrants coming for the gold rush But what other parts of Asian American history did I not know? A lot As this doorstop I mean that nicely of a book shows the history of Asian immigration to the Americas shows a very rich history From the first Asians brought to Latin America as slave labor to the rise of Asian immigrants in the US and how they are perceived author Lee takes us through a detailed history This definitely helped fill in some gaps ie I didn't know had been brought as slave labor to Latin America Or that Japanese people in Peru and in other Latin American countries had been rounded up with Japanese in the US to be sent to internment camps Or how US laws and racism forced Chinese people to try their luck in Canada or Mexico or elsewhere Despite the title I couldn't help but feel the book is a bit mis named It refers to Asian Americans but it tends to be rather US centered and tends to focus on certain groups of Asians Chinese Japanese etc over say Southeast Asians Some of it is somewhat understandable a topic like the internment camps needs a lot of space so it can be adeuately covered but it also makes me think there's information that's missing I realize this couldn't be comprehensive by any means but I don't think the title is uite right However it does cover a broad range of topics immigration racism economic hardships left behind or faced by the newly arrived civil rights etc I also found the later parts of the book lacking While I was excited to move closer to recent times that I knew about the history part of the book ends in the 1990's or pre 9 11 I had hoped the author would dedicate some space and she does talk about it here and there to the treatment of Pakistanis Indians or other Asians who happen to be Muslims in the post 9 11 world Or maybe a broader discussion of the portrayal of Asians American or not in the media movies books literature etc I also was somewhat puzzled by the discussions of AAs in civil rights movements Although the work and participation of AAs in various civil rights movements are discussed Lee also writes about AA LGBT people feeling excluded from the white mainstream without any mention that they very likely faced exclusion in their own ethnic groups too This is not to diminish the work they have done to forward civil rights but again I do not think it is uite as simple as Lee made it out to be Overall though I thought it was a good read I took my time with it seeing that it's much textbook like and would reuire a closer reading Some of the information is just downright enraging so I could really only handle a chapter or two at a time  I'd also recommend supplementing it with other sources since this can't be in any way comprehensive I can easily see this book as popping up on college syllabi on immigration Asian American history etc But as a stand alone as in not read for a class or anything it worked fine in a non academic setting This would probably make a good reference but shouldn't be crammed in all at once it's not a light read in any sense of the word by weight or information But if you're like me and want to fill the gaps of your education on Asian American history I'd recommend it


  3. says:

    Thoroughly researched and compellingly well written history of Asian migration to the United States Its generally papered over how much discrimination Asians faced when first arriving many as either indentured laborers and even slaves to the Americas and what a hard fought battle it was to establish themselves in these countries They faced racist laws violence denigration as national security threats and unassimilable foreigners yet generally proved these allegations wrong They have also been subject to differing treatment based on the relative power and relationship of their homelands to the United States something partly reflected in the growing stature of Chinese Americans with the rise of China in recent decadesThere are many unspoken parallels with the travails of past Asian immigrants and those American Muslims today something that led me to read this book for research purposes The book is packed with details and thoroughly sourced For the most part it doesn't slow down the narrative although it did feel a bit disjointed at points All in all its a great history that is often ignored by many one of oppression and perseverance on the part of millions of people trying to establish themselves in a new land Recommended to all students of American history as well as those trying to contextualize the present moment A moment that may seem fraught but which is neither unprecedented or hopeless


  4. says:

    First things first yes The Making of Asian America is very well researched but not the most well written at times with unclear and confusing event descriptions at times a regurgitation of statistics or too many personal stories Yes The Making of Asian America by nature of the undertaken task necessarily sacrifices depth for breadth These two points notwithstanding I really think The Making of Asian America should be mandatory reading not only for Asian Americans so they can better understand the historical legacies backing their current status as the Perpetual Other but also for every American so they are aware of their country's sordid past of violent racism and imperialism Erika Lee makes two main points 1 that current day Asian America is not a monolithic group but that is instead comprised of many disparate national and ethnic diasporas each with very different histories in America and that follows a highly bimodal distribution for socioeconomic and education level; 2 that this current bimodal Asian America has its roots in centuries of anti Asian racism and Asian Exclusion immigration laws in the Americas In fact the publication of Making was timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act which finally abolished national immigration uotas and in doing so paved the way for renewed Asian immigration and an invigoration of Asian AmericaIn discussing the making of Asian America Lee details the history of Asian immigration to and exclusion from America oops filling this in laterFinally Making is of course highly relevant in 2015 in light of today's anti Mexican sentiment ever growing Islamophobia and the Syrian refugee crisis President Obama and the Democratic candidates can speak all they want on how blocking Syrian refugees is un American and not reflective of our American values but it is sadly the Republican candidates with all their fear mongering and racist rhetoric who come closest to the very American values of racism xenophobia and cultural supremacy All Americans should read Making be humbled by our nation's history of hate violence and marginalization and subseuently become better empathetic citizens


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    It's crazy how much of this history we don't learn in our k 12 education What we do learn is like a summary of the Cliff's notes version I didn't realize the magnitude of numbers involved with the Chinese South Asian and South East Asian indentured servantlaborer force being brought in Nor did I know just the scope of their disbursement in the Americas I had referenced the endless waltz of war peace and revolution in another review but it seems like there's an endless waltz here as well Perhaps not as succinct but it's the endless waltz of forcing andor allowing in slaveslaborers from other countries to take criminally low paying jobs immediate xenophobic and racist backlash and then passing laws to block immigration from those countries depleting the workforce and then having to start the cycle again with a new set of countries That seems to be the history of how each group of Asian immigrants originally came into the country and we're seeing it happen again now We just call the xenophobia and racism economic anxiety But the arguments used against the groups the whole idea of rapists and murderers of simultaneously taking all the jobs but also being lazy of changing the moral values of the country the same exact arguments used in 1882 for the Chinese Exclusion Act are currently being used in 2020 Despite the length of the book it still feels like a summary of the entire Asian American experience For the most part the focus of the book in terms of America is the United States and in terms of Asia tends to be East Asia It does cover South Asians being brought to places like Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago; Chinese in Cuba Mexico Canada; or the Japanese in Peru but it almost seems summarized and trying to get to how it relates to the United States uickly There's a lot about and about the after effects of Chinese Exclusion and Japanese internment understandable because they are both well known and impactful but it's clear that the author seemed to have a lot to say about both of those events Aside from the Filipino experience the rest of Southeast Asia isn't really brought up until the author gets to the 1960's And their Cambodia Laos Vietnam etc experience seems to all get bunched together and rushed In terms of recent events such as Vincent Chin LA Riots 911 the current lives that Asian American lead the diaspora and the racism that they experience it's crammed and rushed at the end of the book The book obviously never claims to be a complete history of the entirety of the Asian American experience but I do feel like the foundation is missing a few blocks here and there There's a few instances where the book starts following specific people or families at certain parts it gives the book some relatability or a personal touch giving names and specificity to what's happening to a group at a certain time I know some people would rather the book just focus on the broader details of policy or just historical facts but I think the primary source of hearing what people who lived through it have to say is important It gives context on how policies impacted real lives and how people had to adjust their expectations or entire lives just to surviveI think it's a 4 star book because I would have really liked the book to be less East Asian centric but at the same time I'm giving it 5 stars just because I can People don't read enough history in general and certainly don't read enough about Asian Americans specifically and I'm not going to drag the review score of this book down giving people excuses to not read it I think in the context of the current President of the racism that has come to the forefront these past few years of new immigration and visa policies of the recurring racism that all Asians are facing this book is an important book to read


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    RecommendedI do NOT have a head for history so I'm grateful for books like this that can help educate me on topics that are a part of American history and yet are not covered at all in education The reader of the audio book was excellent and I tracked along just fine I loved how the author talked about Asian immigrants to the United States from all kinds of Asian countries definitely chipping away at the concept of the Asian monolith ie that we are all the same She also did a great job of showing how the model minority concept is detrimental to Asian Americans and people in general because hello stereotypes and pitting groups against each other There's also a theme of Asian Americans constantly having to prove how American we are even if we were born in this country I learned a lot and a lot resonated with me If you like history definitely put this one on your list While I listened to this FASCINATING work of history I had two main thoughts 1 I need to buy this for my mom because she would LOVE it and 2 Is there nobody that white America will not discriminate against? For the love Phase after phase of dehumanization slavery and humiliation throughout history no exaggeration


  7. says:

    A well researched and compilation of Asian American history that is never mentioned through any history books I recommend this book for others to read and how Asian communities have made an impact throughout history


  8. says:

    Isn't it fun to have to read a book ten years after public education to learn your history? I will admit I could and should have done this sooner For a long time I was disenchanted from reading from history as I was taught from thinking that it was important to know Reasons Excuses But I'm here nowI picked up this actually because the library had an AAPI month display and it's been a lot of good difficult emotional work to get through it I am so glad I followed my whim I am devastated and inspired and enlightened and so many things I loved learning background about the immigration routes that might apply to some former acuaintances who are part of Latinx Asian and American cultures I also needed to know a lot of the lynching history unattributed contributions and discriminations and other difficult pains that continue to get looked over and unseen for the current stage of the model minority mythI'm hoping to pick up a Chinese copy when available for my mom Highly recommend


  9. says:

    The most comprehensive Asian American history 101 book I've come across including details about early communities that settled in CA and New Orleans in the 18 19th century undocumented immigration in the early 20th century after immigration legislation exclusion stories of the wide diversity of Asian communities Hmong Cambodian Vietnamese Korean Japanese Laotian Indian Great read


  10. says:

    Wonderfully detailed book on the history of Asian Americans Lee details the beginnings of the pervasive racism that currently exists towards Asian Americans from the othering that began in holding Asians in a human zoo to immigration restriction to internment camps to the use of the model minority myth to pit Asians against other minorities as well as deny problems within different groups of Asians to the present day atrocities that began after 911 While definitely a book I would recommend everyone to read not just Asians I did have a problem with the focus on Chinese Japanese Filipino and Korean groups as the author did spend time writing about the history of these Asian groups and lumped together many other groups into a general Southeast Asian or South Asian history It felt that there was too much focus on East Asian American history and not enough on Southeast Asian American and South Asian American history as the different ethnic groups within these categories were often presented together instead of separately Overall good read and informative and definitely a crucial book in unpacking racism against Asian Americans


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The Making of Asian America [PDF / EPUB] The Making of Asian America The definitive history of Asian Americans by one of the nation’s preeminent scholars on the subjectIn the past fifty years Asian Americans have helped change the face of America and are now the fast The definitive history of Asian Americans by of Asian PDF/EPUB ¿ one of the nation’s preeminent scholars on the subjectIn 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 The Making PDF \ 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 dayAn epic history Making of Asian eBook ☆ 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 s; 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 StatesPublished to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the passage of the United States’ Immigration and Nationality Act of that has remade our “nation of immigrants” this is a new and definitive history of Asian Americans But 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.