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Asian American Histories of the United States by Catherine Ceniza Choy
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Apr 25, 2023 | ISBN 9780807012710

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“An impressive new work about how major moments in Asian American history continue to influence the modern world . . . . An empathetic and detailed recounting of Asian American histories rarely found in textbooks.”
Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

“Sharply drawn profiles of individual Asian Americans add depth to Choy’s broad overview and bring historic events to dramatic life. The result is an essential reconsideration of American history.”
Publishers Weekly

“An essential and illuminating resource.”

“…not only does [Choy] provide important and well-researched historical information, but she also connects the past to the present so it’s readily apparent how the past, both recent and distant, continues to be relevant today.”
Book Riot

“Choy grapples resourcefully and brilliantly with the overriding question of just how and why in the current time it is that Asian Americans find themselves, notwithstanding their lengthy history, the target of so much hate in this country.”
Nichi Bei Weekly

“Choy’s volume is artful, strident, meaningful, and highly readable, with pressing, contemporary, practically torn-from-the-headlines relevance, remarkable for its thoughtful blend of affecting individual stories, and also remarkable as a heartfelt lookback at our heterogenous ‘origin stories’ and ‘stories in progress…'”
—Ravi Chandra, East Wind Ezine

“Written with love and respect for our communities, this book illuminates histories as diverse as Asian America itself.”
—Grace M. Cho, author of National Book Award–finalist Tastes Like War

“I promise you, this is unlike any history you’ll ever read—a book only Catherine Ceniza Choy could have written.”
—Anthony Christian Ocampo, author of The Latinos of Asia

“A brilliant, perceptive historian.”
—Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Freedom Dreams

“Professor Choy offers an evocative meditation on the histories of Asian Americans, histories that powerfully connect our past with our present.”
—Vicki L. Ruiz, Distinguished Professor Emerita of History and Chicano/Latino Studies, University of California, Irvine

“A powerful and effective nonlinear account of how we came to the present moment.”
—Beth Lew-Williams, author of The Chinese Must Go

Asian American Histories of the United States inspires us to link personal biographies with global histories and tragic pasts with hope-filled futures.”
—Theodore S. Gonzalves, twenty-first president of the Association for Asian American Studies

“A comprehensive, informative, and insightful work.”
—Yén Lê Espiritu, Distinguished Professor of Ethnic Studies, University of California, San Diego

“With anti-Asian bigotry accelerating in the United States, often violently, this important and beautifully written book is exactly the knowledge base and guide needed to educate the public.”
—Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author of An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States

“Exquisitely geared to meet the urgent demands of our time.”
—Franklin S. Odo, John Woodruff Simpson Lecturer of American Studies, Amherst College

“If you think you ‘know’ American history, this book will be a revelation.”
—Gayatri Gopinath, author of Unruly Vision

“This book is a monument to the complexity of history and the fullness of historical prose.”
—Ibram X. Kendi, National Book Award–winning author of Stamped from the Beginning

Table Of Contents

Writing in the Years of Great Hatred

The Multiple Origins of Asian American Histories

2020: The Health of the Nation

1975: Trauma and Transformation

1968: What’s in the Name “Asian American”?

1965: The Many Faces of Post-1965 Asian America

1965 Reprise: The Faces Behind the Food

1953: Mixed Race Lives

1941 and 1942: The Days That You Remember

1919: Declaration of Independence

1875: Homage

1869: These Wounds


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