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Main Title Asian American dreams : the emergence of an American people /
Author Zia, Helen,
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux,
Year Published 2001
OCLC Number 47005618
ISBN 0374527369; 9780374527365
Subjects Asian Americans--Cultural assimilation ; Asian Americans--Ethnic identity ; Asian Americans--Social conditions
Additional Subjects Zia, Helen
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
EKBM  E184.O6Z53 2001 Research Triangle Park Library/RTP, NC 05/09/2008
Edition 1st pbk. ed.
Collation x, 356 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages [321]-327) and index.
Contents Notes
Beyond our shadows. From nothing, a consciousness -- Surrogate slaves to American dreamers -- The awakening. Detroit blues: "Because of you motherfuckers" -- To market, to market, New York style -- Gangsters, gooks, geishas, and geeks -- Up from innocence. Welcome to Washington -- Lost and found in L.A. -- For richer, for poorer -- Moving the mountain. Out on the front lines -- Reinventing our culture -- The last bastion -- Living our dreams. This groundbreaking book is about the transformation of Asian Americans from a few small, disconnected, and largely invisible ethnic groups into a self-identified racial group that is influencing every aspect of American society. It explores the junctures that shocked Asian Americans into motion and shaped a new consciousness, including the murder of Vincent Chin, a Chinese American, by two white autoworkers who believed he was Japanese; the apartheid-like working conditions of Filipinos in the Alaska canneries; the boycott of Korean American greengrocers in Brooklyn; the Los Angeles riots; and the casting of non-Asians in the Broadway musical Miss Saigon. The book also examines the rampant stereotypes of Asian Americans. Helen Zia, the daughter of Chinese immigrants, was born in the 1950s when there were only 150,000 Chinese Americans in the entire country, and she writes as a personal witness to the dramatic changes involving Asian Americans. Written for both Asian Americans -- the fastest-growing population in the United States -- and non-Asians, Asian American Dreams argues that America can no longer afford to ignore these emergent, vital, and singular American people.