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Chinese Women of America: A Pictorial History Paperback – May, 1986

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"Judy Yung's grasp of Chinese American history is firm, her prose is clear, and her feminist perspective is quietly apparent.  The story she tells will warm the heart of anyone who likes to be reminded of the tenacity of the human spirit." - Dr. Sucheng Chan, Provost, UC Santa Cruz

"Concise, yet comprehensive, this unprecedented history of Chinese women in America is enjoyable, engrossing, and illuminating....Must reading for anyone interested in women's issues or American history." - Ruthanne Lum McCunn, author of Thousand Pieces of Gold --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Chinese Women of America is the first book to examine the experience of Chinese women in America from their arrival in 1834 to the present day.

Utilizing archival research findings, 274 oral history interviews, and 135 photographs from public and private collections throughout the country, this long-needed work documents the lives of real women, smashing the stereotypes of China Doll, Suzie Wong, and Dragon Lady.

Beginning with the treatment of women in China in the mid-nineteenth century, Yung details the hardships suffered by the new immigrants, the conflicts faced by the growing American-born population, and the growth of social consciousness and activism due to the civil rights and women's movements.  She concludes by exploring the contemporary concerns facing a diverse range of Chinese American women today.

Authoritative and fascinating, this unique study is a valuable contribution to the history of ethnic women in America. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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