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Chinese American Voices: From the Gold Rush to the Present Paperback – March 20, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0520243101 ISBN-10: 0520243102 Edition: First Printing

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Editorial Reviews


"This is a tremendous resource for those who wish to gain a deeper understanding of the Chinese American experience. -- Journal of American Ethnic History

  1. "Chinese American Voices offers general audiences accessible and engrossing narratives and provides faculty committed to using primary sources in the classroom a wealth of excellent material." -- Journal of San Diego History

"The editors have done an exemplary job of finding and including pieces that offer diverse perspectives on particular moments in history.... The volume adds nuance and depth to ongoing scholarship that contradicts the longstanding "sojourner" myth, suggesting instead that Chinese Americans were regularly active and outspoken participants in the shaping of U.S. history." --Southern California Quarterly

“This volume sets a new milestone in the field of Chinese American studies.”
(Western Folklore 2011-05-03)

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"Skillfully selected, translated, and annotated, this compelling compendium of voices bear witness to the diversity and depth of the Chinese American experience and, significantly, its indispensable centrality to American life and history."—Gary Y. Okihiro, author of Common Ground: Reimagining American History

"Here at last is a wide-ranging record of Chinese American experiences from the viewpoints of the players. Chinese American Voices is an impressive feat of scholarship, an indispensable reference, and a compelling read."—Ruthanne Lum McCunn, author of Thousand Pieces of Gold and The Moon Pearl

"This anthology offers a virtual "Gam Saan" (Gold Mountain) of original sources. The stories burst with telling and re-affirm a vision of men and women as actors in history, who made themselves as Chinese Americans as they helped to make America itself."—Ronald Takaki, author of Strangers from a Different Shore: A History of Asian Americans

"This volume of sixty-two annotated documents, many translated from Chinese for the first time, is a boon to faculty and students interested in Chinese American history, Asian American history, U.S. immigration history, and race and ethnic relations. The life stories, in particular, are appealing for students, the reading public, and scholars alike as they hear the voices of individuals long misunderstood, denigrated, and silenced. All of us owe a debt of gratitude to the three editors for their dedicated labor of love."—Sucheng Chan, author of Chinese American Transnationalism: The Flow of People, Resources, and Ideas between China and America during the Exclusion Era

"This is a superb collection."—Roger Daniels, author of Guarding the Golden Door: American Immigration Policy and Immigrants since 1882

More About the Author

Professor Emeritus Judy Yung is a second-generation Chinese American born and raised in San Francisco Chinatown. She received her Master's in Library Science and Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley. She worked as a public librarian and community journalist before joining the faculty at UC Santa Cruz, where she taught courses in Asian American history, women's studies, oral history, and mixed race.

Dedicated to reclaiming Chinese American and women's history, she has written numerous books and articles about Chinese immigration and Chinese American women and served as a historical consultant to the Chinese Historical Society of America, the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, and many other historical and film projects through the years.

Judy Yung is the recipient of book awards from the Before Columbus Foundation, Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS), and Western History Association; as well as the AAAS Lifetime Achievement Award and UC Santa Cruz's Excellence through Diversity Award and Excellence in Teaching Award.

She currently resides in Santa Cruz with her husband Eddie Fung and their Scottish Fold, Sparkie.

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