The Asian American Experience
The American Mosaic
September 2022, ABC-CLIO, ABC-CLIO Databases

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Developed with guidance from Asian American scholars and historians, The Asian American Experience applies a critical lens to the study of U.S. history, exploring the social, political, and economic forces that have shaped the experiences of Asian Americans in distinct historical eras. The database also explores some of the rich and varied experiences of Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Island and indigenous groups.

The Asian American Experience includes a rich and diverse variety of primary sources, student skill-building activities, and perspective essays designed to provoke critical thinking. Extensive reference libraries equip students with the tools to conduct in-depth explorations of key issues, such as the role of discrimination in Asian American history and its effect on citizenship and civil liberties, the economic impacts of immigration and labor, and changing political and cultural representation.


  • A rich and diverse variety of primary sources, including images, audio clips, documents, and video, covering multiple dimensions of Asian American history and culture
  • Perspective essays designed to provoke critical thinking about issues of enduring importance to the Asian American community
  • An interdisciplinary approach to understanding the historical and current experiences of persons of Asian and Pacific Island ancestry in the United States
  • Advanced search, save, and citation tools to support effective student research


The Opening of Asian Cultures to the West, 1500-1800s
• European Powers in Asia
• China and the Opium War
• Japan Opens to the West
Immigration and Obstacles, 1900s-1930s
• Japanese Immigration
• South Asian Immigration
• Angel Island
• Immigration and Citizenship in the 1920s
Refugees from Southeast Asia, 1970s-1980s
• Vietnam War and Postwar Migration
• Cambodian, Laotian, and Hmong Immigration
Western Influences and Colonization, 1500s-1900s
• India under British Rule
• Korea: Arrival of Foreign Influences
• The Philippines: Spanish and American Colonization
Agricultural Development and Representation, 1900s-1930s
• West Coast Agriculture
• Asian Americans in Film: The Silent Era to the 1980s
New Immigration and Stereotypes, 1970s-2000s
•Contemporary Asian American Immigration and Populations
• Myth of the Model Minority
Early Accounts of Asians in America, 1500-1800s
• St. Malo: First Filipino Settlement
World War II and Japanese Incarceration, 1939-1945
• World War II
• Japanese Incarceration
Tensions, 1980s-1990s
• Vincent Chin and the Asian American Community
• Los Angeles Riot
Chinese Immigration, 1840s-1900s
• Gold Rush
• San Francisco's Chinatown
• Transcontinental Railroad
Repeal of Exclusion Laws, 1940s-1950s
• Luce-Celler Act
9/11 Backlash and Political Representation, 2000-2020s
• 9/11 Backlash
• Political Representation
Hawaii, Crossroads of the Pacific, 1850-1900s
• Early Asian Communities in Hawaii
The Korean War and Postwar Migration, 1950-1960s
• The Korean War
Global Pandemic and Increase in Representation, 2020-Present
• Asian Americans in Sports
• COVID-19 and Growing Anti-Asian Sentiment
• Asian American Representation in Pop Culture
The Road to Exclusion, 1860-1882
• Chinese Exclusion
Immigration Policy Changes, 1965
• The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965
Defining Citizenship and Identity, 1890s-1900s
• U.S. v. Wong Kim Ark: Confirming U.S. Citizenship as a Birthright
• Early Asian American Literature
Collaboration and Activism, 1965-1970s
• The Delano Grape Strike and Boycott
• The Asian American Movement and Civil Rights Activism
• Contemporary Literature: Shift toward Modern Themes

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