History of Asian Americans
Exploring Diverse Roots
by Jonathan H. X. Lee
January 2015, 210pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-0-313-38458-5
$70, £54, 61€, A96
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U.S. laws that denied Chinese and other Asians citizenship were repealed during WW II.

A comprehensive, compelling, and clearly written title that provides a rich examination of the history of Asians in the United States, covering well-established Asian American groups as well as emerging ones such as the Burmese, Bhutanese, and Tibetan American communities.

History of Asian Americans: Exploring Diverse Roots supplies a concise, easy-to-use, yet comprehensive resource on Asian American history. Chronologically organized, it starts with Chinese immigration to the United States and concludes with coverage of the most recent Asian migrant populations, describing Asian American lives and experiences and documenting them as an essential part of the continuously evolving American experience and mosaic.

The book discusses domestic as well as international influencing factors in Asian American history, thereby providing information within a transnational framework. An ideal resource for high school and undergraduate level students as well as general readers interested in learning about the history of Asian Americans, the chapters employ critical racialization and ethnic studies discourses that put Asian and Asian Americans subjects in an insightful comparative perspective. The book also specifically addresses the important roles played by Asian American women across history.


  • Examines Asian migration to the United States and the resulting formation of diverse Asian American communities that include Cambodian, Chinese, Filipino, Hmong, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, South Asian, and Vietnamese and new emerging Asian American communities such as the Burmese, Bhutanese, and Tibetan American
  • Compares 19th-century Asian American history in Hawaii with that on the American mainland
  • Employs racialization and push-pull theories as well as a transnational approach to document the rich and diverse experiences of Asians in the United States
Jonathan H. X. Lee, PhD, is associate professor of Asian American studies who specializes in Southeast Asian and Sino-Southeast Asian American studies at San Francisco State University. He is coeditor with Kathleen M. Nadeau of Encyclopedia of Asian American Folklore and Folklife, published by ABC-CLIO, as well as of Asian American Identities and Practices: Folkloric Expressions in Everyday Life. Lee has published widely on Chinese, Cambodian, Vietnamese, Chinese-Southeast Asian, and Asian American histories, folklore, cultures, and religions.


"Immigration and settlement are main themes of discussions for each of the groups mentioned. . . . Summing Up: Recommended. General readers/public libraries."—Choice, July 23, 2015

"Lee, an expert on Asian heritage in the U.S., compiles an accessible overview on immigration history. . . . [R]ecommended for high-school and public libraries."—Booklist, September 1, 2015
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