The Chinese in America by Iris Chang
A Narrative History

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In an epic story that spans 150 years and continues to the present day, Iris Chang tells of a people’s search for a better life—the determination of the Chinese to forge an identity and a destiny in a strange land and, often against great obstacles, to find success. She chronicles the many accomplishments in America of Chinese immigrants and their descendents: building the infrastructure of their adopted country, fighting racist and exclusionary laws, walking the racial tightrope between black and white, contributing to major scientific and technological advances, expanding the literary canon, and influencing the way we think about racial and ethnic groups. Interweaving political, social, economic, and cultural history, as well as the stories of individuals, Chang offers a bracing view not only of what it means to be Chinese American, but also of what it is to be American.


About Iris Chang

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Iris Chang’s numerous honors include the John T. and Catherine D. MacArthur Foundation’s Program on Peace and International Cooperation Award. Her work has appeared in many publications, including the New York Times, Newsweek, and Los Angeles Times.
Published March 30, 2004 by Penguin Books. 512 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Drawing on interviews and a wealth of documentary material, Chang brings the immigrant experience into the present, writing effectively of the “three pressures” now facing American-born Chinese: “the pressure to excel, the pressure to become white, and the pressure to embrace their ethnic heritag...

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Chinese workers also married within the Irish community, spread across America and survived even the racist Chinese Exclusion Act of 1880, which lost much of its impact when San Francisco's birth records were destroyed in the earthquake and fire of 1906 and no one could prove that a person of Chi...

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