25 Events That Shaped Asian American History
An Encyclopedia of the American Mosaic
by Lan Dong, Editor
March 2019, 471pp, 7 x 10
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-6088-1
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According to the 2010 Census, the Asian American population grew more quickly than any other race group in the United States between 2000 and 2010.

This book provides detailed and engaging narratives about 25 pivotal events in Asian American history, celebrates Asian Americans' contributions to U.S. history, and examines the ways their experiences have shaped American culture.

Asian Americans have made significant contributions to American history, society, and culture. This book presents key events in the Asian American experience through 25 well-developed, accessible essays; detailed timelines; biographies of notable figures; excerpts of primary source documents; and sidebars and images that provide narrative and visual information on high-interest topics. Arranged chronologically, the 25 essays showcase the ways in which Asian Americans have contributed to U.S. history and culture and bear witness to their struggles, activism, and accomplishments.

The book offers a unique look at the Asian American experience, from the California Gold Rush in the mid-nineteenth century to the 2017 travel ban. Highlighting events with national and international significance, such as the Central Pacific Railroad Construction, Korean War, and 9/11, it documents the Asian American experience and demonstrates Asian Americans’ impact on American life.


  • Provides readers with an understanding of the key events in Asian American history
  • Includes broad and detailed coverage through biographies of notable figures, excerpts from primary sources, a chronology, and sidebars
  • Highlights Asian Americans' achievements and contributions to American history and culture
  • Demonstrates the important roles of Asian Americans in the US
  • Recommends additional resources for further study
Lan Dong, PhD, is Louise Hartman and Karl Schewe Professor in liberal arts and sciences and associate professor of English at the University of Illinois Springfield, where she has received the institution’s Faculty Excellence Award, University Scholar Award, and Pearson Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence. She is author of Reading Amy Tan and Mulan’s Legend and Legacy in China and the United States and editor of Transnationalism and the Asian American Heroine, Teaching Comics and Graphic Narratives, and From Anime to Tiger Mom: Asian American Culture.


"College and advanced high school students, as well as general readers interested in Asian American history, will find these thorough writings a rich source of research ideas."—Library Journal, June 30, 2019

"Recommended for larger community-college and university collections."—Booklist Online, September 1, 2019

"This volume provides an excellent picture of important moments, movements, and individuals in Asian American history. Libraries with holdings in American history or multiculturalism should consider adding this useful book to their collections."—ARBA, August 1, 2019
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