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Asian American Histories of the United States


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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


About the Author

Catherine Ceniza Choy is professor of ethnic studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Before that, she was an assistant professor of American studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She is the author of the books Empire of Care and Global Families and the co-editor of the anthology Gendering the Trans-Pacific World. An engaged public scholar, she has been interviewed in many media outlets, including ABC 2020, The Atlantic, CNN, the Los Angeles Times, NBC News, the New York Times, ProPublica, the San Francisco Chronicle, Time, and Vox. Connect with her on Twitter @CCenizaChoy.


"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."

"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."
-Yen Le 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

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