From Publishers Weekly
Tsai, professor of history and chairman of the Asian Studies Program at Arkansas Univ., takes a comprehensive look at the history of Chinese immigrants and Chinese-Americans in the United States, beginning with the arrival of Chinese railroad laborers in the 19th century. He presents a well-supported analysis of how the Chinese became targets of racial prejudice and victims of exclusionary labor laws while surviving and, in some cases, thriving in Chinatown ghettoes. In fact, not until the U.S. and China became allies during World War II did Americans' attitudes toward the Chinese turn favorable. Tsai also describes at length the changing roles of Chinese women in society and concludes that although recent Chinese immigrants have gained access to previously restricted jobs, racial barriers still exist.
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From Library Journal
This is a good, solid history of Chinese-Americans. Not simply a chronicle of great events and individuals, this traces, instead, changing relationships of Chinese in the United States to their forebears' homeland. Because Americans are quite ignorant of Chinese history, Tsai's task is difficult. He largely succeeds in briefly telling the history of an altering China, while recounting the history of Chinese-Americans. The book is particularly strong on recent decades during which China and the Chinese-American community have undergone wrenching changes. This makes the book an important supplement to Stanford Lyman's Chinese Americans (1974). Essential for libraries in communities with sizable Chinese populations, and a useful addition to other collections. Charles K. Piehl, Director of Sponsored Progs., Mankato State Univ., Minn.
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