Asian American History Day by Day
A Reference Guide to Events
by Jonathan H. X. Lee
October 2018, 463pp, 7x10
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-0-313-39927-5
$94, 79€, A135
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After the Civil War and the abolishment of slavery, racial barriers to naturalization remained for Asians, effectively marking them as “aliens ineligible for citizenship.”

For student research, this reference highlights the importance of Asian Americans in U.S. history, the impact of specific individuals, and this ethnic group as a whole across time; documenting evolving policies, issues, and feelings concerning this particular American population.

Asian American History Day by Day: A Reference Guide to Events provides a uniquely interesting way to learn about events in Asian American history that span several hundred years (and the contributions of Asian Americans to U.S. culture in that time). The book is organized in the form of a calendar, with each day of the year corresponding with an entry about an important event, person, or innovation that span several hundred years of Asian American history and references to books and websites that can provide more information about that event.

Readers will also have access to primary source document excerpts that accompany the daily entries and serve as additional resources that help bring history to life. With this guide in hand, teachers will be able to more easily incorporate Asian American history into their classes, and students will find the book an easy-to-use guide to the Asian American past and an ideal “jumping-off point” for more targeted research.


  • Provides detailed information throughout history on the events, people, and places of Asian American history
  • Presents a unique calendar approach to recognizing the contributions of this significant ethnic demographic throughout U.S. history that demonstrates how all 365 days of the year can feature an achievement made by Asian Americans
  • Offers information on celebrities, inventors, events, and more that relate to Asian American life in the United States
Jonathan H. X. Lee, PhD, is an associate professor of Asian American studies who specializes in Southeast Asian and Sino-Southeast Asian American studies at San Francisco State University. He received his doctorate in religious studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 2009. He is the founder and program cochair of the Asian American Religious Studies section for the American Academy of Religion, Western Region (AAR/WR) conference. Lee's work has been published in Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice; Nidan: International Journal for the Study of Hinduism; Chinese America: History & Perspectives—The Journal of the Chinese Historical Society of America; Empty Vessel: The Journal of the Daoist Arts; Spotlight on Teaching/American Academy of Religion; Asia Pacific Perspectives; Pacific World: Journal of the Institute of Buddhist Studies; JATI: Journal of Southeast Asian Studies; Amerasia Journal; and other journals and anthologies, both nationally and internationally. His published works include ABC-CLIO's Encyclopedia of Asian American Folklore and Folklife; Encyclopedia of Asian American Religious Cultures;History of Asian Americans: Exploring Diverse Roots; and Chinese Americans: History and Culture of a People. In addition, he is author of Cambodian American Experiences: Histories, Communities, Cultures, and Identities; Asian American Identities and Practices: Folkloric Expressions in Everyday Life; The Age of Asian Migration: Continuity, Diversity, and Susceptibility, Volume 1; and Southeast Asian Diaspora in the United States: Memories and Visions, Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow. He has published extensively on Chinese, Cambodian, Vietnamese, Chinese-Southeast Asian, and Asian American histories, folklore, cultures, and religions. Currently, Lee serves as editor-in-chief of Chinese America: History & Perspectives, a peer-review journal published by the Chinese Historical Society of America.


"This book is best enjoyed by reading day-by-day about the events within the Asian American community throughout the country, rather than seeking related events. . .Libraries serving an Asian American population will certainly find this of interest, while other libraries should consider it as well, for its useful information on these diverse groups."—ARBA, February 4, 2019
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