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Chinese Americans: The Immigrant Experience Hardcover – January 18, 2000


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Universe (January 18, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0883631288
  • ISBN-13: 978-0883631287
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 10.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,826,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By betty on April 8, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The photograph on the front cover of this oversized book caught my eye before I looked at the title. The picture is of Chinese men in Chinatown, San Francisco in the last century. The book is a pictorial and historical text about the Chinese experience in America. The book chronicles the history of the first Chinese immigrants to America, the jobs they had and the adversities and prejudices they faced despite the contributions they made. For example, they were no longer useful in the labor force once they finished building the railroads in the last century during the development of the American west. The book is a learning experience for me because I heard stories from my parents about how their grandfathers came to America for a better life. I also heard stories about several of my aunts whom I known as elderly women; were sold as prostitutes to Chinese men in the early 20th century, but were instead married off and had families; they were the lucky ones. I looked at the photographs from the 1930s and 1940s in the book which reminded me of the many photographs that my own husband's grandmother had of her family here. I find this book very useful to anyone who is interested in learning about the Chinese and their contributions over 100 years in this country. I also liked the web sites for viewers who want to learn more about genealogy, historical information, art exhibitions, Asian magazines and miscellaneous sites. It's a good website that has Asians in news and entertainment. There is also an "encyclopedia of notable Asians" in various occupations. The book is good for people who are interested in Chinese immigrants and how they deal with life in America.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This weighty oversized title is a 'must' for any serious collection of ethnic history: Chinese Americans covers the immigrant experience for Chinese Americans, one of the earliest groups to arrive in America - and one of the most persecuted. Historical text blends with 200 black and white photos and many color panels and illustrations to add depth and detail to the story of Chinese American experiences across the country. Very highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Newbie on May 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book came in new condition. I bought two of these, one for me and one for a gift. It's an interesting read, and at the same time, a great reference book. I will probably buy more for gifts.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Louie2 on November 27, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book as a gift and ended up keeping it for myself. Not only is the historical information complete, but it is also spiced with interesting tidbits that make the text a great read in and of itself. On top of this, the photos are just phenomenal, and quite additive to the text. This book is the total package.
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