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The First Suburban Chinatown: The Remaking of Monterey Park, California (Asian American History & Cultu) Paperback – Print, July 28, 1994

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Ethnicity issues fuel internal strife as a community faces change

Donald H. Pflueger Local History Award, Historical Society of Southern California

Outstanding Book Award in the Social Sciences, Association for Asian American Studies

About the Author

Timothy P. Fong teaches at the University of California, Davis, and at California State University, Hayward.
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Product Details

  • Series: Asian American History & Cultu
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Temple University Press (July 28, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566392624
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566392624
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,388,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Some reviews of book deserve to be a full hour conversation rather than a written blurb. This is one of them though I will keep it brief. I started to read this because local history fascinates me and the work's focus on how Monterey Park became a Chinese suburb made it even more interesting. I appreciated the author giving some historical background of Monterey Park itself before talking about the immigration of ethnic Chinese, which gave me an appreciation of what Monterey Park was like before the 1970s rush of Asians. Here the author gave interesting bits of information along the way, such as how Monterey Park in the 1920s had an agreement among real estate agents to only sell property to white people and that in April 1924 there was a KKK meeting inducting new members in Garvey Avenue that had 20,000 people coming out to see it. History is ironic, today Garvey Avenue is where people get cheap Chinese food and no doubt the God of History has a sense of humor in this irony. It was also a book that gave me some background to who Repetto was, and the story behind the Cascade waterfall and the current Chamber of Commerce building. But the gist of the book was focused on the conflict of old time locals who were into "slow growth" of the city versus those who were new and freshly immigrated. I admit I haven't had the best experience of Asian American studies literature in the past but this is one of the better works--and I must also say I enjoyed it. The author's explanation of things was not simplistic and his historiography was able to combine interviews critically along with statistics and a good amount of citation of local newspapers and election fliers.Read more ›
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A classic work.
Fong is actually Professor of Ethnic Studies at California State University, Sacramento..
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