Asian American Culture
From Anime to Tiger Moms [2 volumes]
by Lan Dong, Editor
March 2016, 792pp, 7x10
2 volumes, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-2920-8
$218, £168, 190€, A299
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According to the 2010 Census, the Asian American population grew faster than any other U.S. race group between 2000 and 2010.

Providing comprehensive coverage of a variety of Asian American cultural forms, including folk tradition, literature, religion, education, politics, sports, and popular culture, this two-volume work is an ideal resource for students and general readers that reveals the historical, regional, and ethnic diversity within specific traditions.

An invaluable reference for school and public libraries as well as academic libraries at colleges and universities, this two-volume encyclopedia provides comprehensive coverage of a variety of Asian American cultural forms that enables readers to understand the history, complexity, and contemporary practices in Asian American culture. The contributed entries address the diversity of a group comprising people with geographically discrete origins in the Far East, Southeast Asia, and the Indian subcontinent, identifying the rich variations across the category of Asian American culture that are key to understanding specific cultural expressions while also pointing out some commonalities.

Entries are organized alphabetically and cover topics in the arts; education and politics; family and community; gender and sexuality; history and immigration; holidays, festivals, and folk tradition; literature and culture; media, sports, and popular culture; and religion, belief, and spirituality. Entries also broadly cover Asian American origins and history, regional practices and traditions, contemporary culture, and art and other forms of shared expression. Accompanying sidebars throughout serve to highlight key individuals, major events, and significant artifacts and allow readers to better appreciate the Asian American experience.


  • Provides readers with a broad understanding of the variety and commonalities in Asian American culture, enabling a fuller comprehension of Asian American history, experience, and cultural expressions
  • Offers comprehensive, in-depth, and accessibly written coverage that addresses a wide variety of Asian American cultural forms such as folk tradition, literature, religion, education, politics, sports, and popular culture
  • Highlights differences among Asian American cultures and identifies important achievements through biographies of key figures as well as spotlights on historical events, legal cases, and significant artifacts in sidebars
  • Presents sources for more information on the subjects discussed with Further Readings for each entry
Lan Dong, PhD, is associate professor of English at University of Illinois Springfield. She is the author of Mulan's Legend and Legacy in China and the United States, Libraries Unlimited's Reading Amy Tan, and a number of articles on Asian American literature and culture. She is the editor of Transnationalism and the Asian American Heroine: Essays on Literature, Film, Myth and Media and Teaching Comics and Graphic Narratives: Essays on Theory, Strategy and Practice .


Top Community College Resource, November 2016—Choice, November 29, 2016

"Secondary students in social studies and multicultural courses will find these volumes a starting point, offering more scope and graphics."—School Library Journal, July 1, 2016

"Recommended for academic libraries and general readers interested in Asian American culture."—Booklist, July 20, 2016

"Reasonably priced, this work will serve readers in many settings: public libraries, secondary schools, and institutions of higher education. It is recommended to all."—ARBA, August 22, 2016

"Summing Up: Recommended. High school through undergraduate students."—Choice, November 1, 2016
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