The Oxford Handbook of Asian American History (Oxford Handbooks)

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9780199860463: The Oxford Handbook of Asian American History (Oxford Handbooks)

After emerging from the tumult of social movements of the 1960s and 1970s, the field of Asian American studies has enjoyed rapid and extraordinary growth. Nonetheless, many aspects of Asian American history still remain open to debate. The Oxford Handbook of Asian American History offers the first comprehensive commentary on the state of the field, simultaneously assessing where Asian American studies came from and what the future holds.

In this volume, thirty leading scholars offer original essays on a wide range of topics. The chapters trace Asian American history from the beginning of the migration flows toward the Pacific Islands and the American continent to Japanese American incarceration and Asian American participation in World War II, from the experience of exclusion, violence, and racism to the social and political activism of the late twentieth century. The authors explore many of the key aspects of the Asian American experience, including politics, economy, intellectual life, the arts, education, religion, labor, gender, family, urban development, and legal history.

The Oxford Handbook of Asian American History demonstrates how the roots of Asian American history are linked to visions of a nation marked by justice and equity and to a deep effort to participate in a global project aimed at liberation. The contributors to this volume attest to the ongoing importance of these ideals, showing how the mass politics, creative expressions, and the imagination that emerged during the 1960s are still relevant today. It is an unprecedentedly detailed portrait of Asian Americans and how they have helped change the face of the United States.

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David K. Yoo is Professor of Asian American Studies and Director of the Asian American Studies Center at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has written and edited several books, including Contentious Spirits: Religion in Korean American History, 1903-1945 and Growing Up Nisei: Race, Generation, and Culture Among Japanese Americans of California, 1924-1949.

Eiichiro Azuma is Alan Charles Kors Endowed Term Associate Professor of History and Director of the Asian American Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is author of Between Two Empires: Race, History, and Transnationalism in Japanese America.

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"For high school history teachers seeking resources to bulk up their background in a still-underrepresented aspect of the US past, as well as for professors preparing for graduate seminars in US social and cultural history, this handbook should prove illuminating...Unfortunately, too much of the way history is taught in the US marginalizes Asian American experiences, but hopefully this handbook will offer a corrective...Essential."--CHOICE


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