Asian Americans
An Encyclopedia of Social, Cultural, Economic, and Political History [3 volumes]
by Xiaojian Zhao and Edward J.W. Park, Editors
November 2013, 1401pp, 8 1/2x11
3 volumes, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-59884-239-5
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Asian Americans are one of the fastest-growing racial groups in the U.S.

This is the most comprehensive and up-to-date reference work on Asian Americans, comprising three volumes that address a broad range of topics on various Asian and Pacific Islander American groups from 1848 to the present day.

This three-volume work represents a leading reference resource for Asian American studies that gives students, researchers, librarians, teachers, and other interested readers the ability to easily locate accurate, up-to-date information about Asian ethnic groups, historical and contemporary events, important policies, and notable individuals. Written by leading scholars in their fields of expertise and authorities in diverse professions, the entries devote attention to diverse Asian and Pacific Islander American groups as well as the roles of women, distinct socioeconomic classes, Asian American political and social movements, and race relations involving Asian Americans.


  • Presents information on Asian Americans and individual Asian ethnic groups that provides comprehensive overviews of the respective groups
  • Includes special topic entries that contain source information regarding major historical events
  • Comprises work from a truly outstanding list of contributors that include scholars, journalists, writers, community activists, graduate students, and other specialists
  • Expands the boundaries of Asian American studies through innovative entries that address transnationalism, gender and sexuality, and inter- and cross-disciplinarity
Xiaojian Zhao, PhD, is professor of Asian American studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her published books include Greenwood's Asian American Chronology: Chronologies of the American Mosaic; Remaking Chinese America: Immigration, Family, and Community, 1940-1965, winner of History Book Award from Association of Asian American Studies; and The New Chinese America: Class, Economy, and Social Hierarchy. Zhao holds a doctorate in U.S. history from the University of California, Berkeley.

Edward J.W. Park, PhD, is professor of Asian Pacific American studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA. He is a coauthor of Probationary Americans: Contemporary Immigration Policies and the Shaping of Asian American Communities and numerous articles on immigration and racial and ethnic studies. Park holds a doctorate in ethnic studies from the University of California, Berkeley.


"This welcome three-volume encyclopedia is the latest addition to a growing number of reference works on the subject. Primarily focused on the social, cultural, economic, and political aspects of Asian Americans in the United States, it encompasses Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. . . . The set's 55 primary documents are an important feature; they include useful legal background central to the Asian American experience, e.g., Japanese American redress via the Civil Liberties Act of 1988. . . . Recommended."—Choice, May 28, 2014

"This encyclopedia would be most useful for any researcher looking for information on Asian Americans and their history, especially where there is an Asian American population. Recommended for academic and public libraries."—Booklist, March 15, 2014

"This work will serve as a one-stop resource for those looking for accurate information on important policies, events, and notable individuals from this population. . . . The set is highly recommended."—ARBA, January 1, 2014

"Included in the set is an excellent list of primary documents with excerpts from selected documents, cross-referenced to related entries. This will help lead researchers from the fact-seeking stage of research to original research with primary resources. This list is useful for students, faculty in Asian American studies and librarians seeking to create collections and guides linking to publicly available primary sources."—Reference Reviews, September 4, 2015

"This is a unique publication that manages to bring together the many threads of Asian American life in the USA. Articles are written in a very accessible style that explains and details the topic clearly, making this very appropriate and highly recommended for high school and college libraries."—Reference Reviews, March 29, 2016
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