Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People

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Macmillan, May 15, 2001 - Social Science - 356 pages
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This groundbreaking book traces the transformation of Asian Americans from a few small, disconnected, and largely invisible ethnic groups into a self-identified racial group that is influencing every aspect of American society. It explores the events that shocked Asian Americans into motion and shaped a new consciousness. Helen Zia, the daughter of Chinese immigrants, writes as a personal witness to the dramatic changes involving Asian Americans.
  

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This is a significant book for Asian Americans; it highlights some of the lessons learned from our past experiences with racism, stereotypes, and identity-formation. Helen also details complex race ... Read full review

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User Review  - Stephanie - Goodreads

I did not read the entire book, only certain chapters because it was for my Asian American Studies class. 3/5 stars Read full review

Contents

BEYOND OUR SHADOWS
1
From Nothing a Consciousness
3
Surrogate Slaves to American Dreamers
21
THE AWAKENING
53
Detroit Blues Because of You Motherfuckers
55
To Market to Market New York Style
82
Gangsters Gooks Geishas and Geeks
109
UP FROM INNOCENCE
137
For Richer for Poorer
195
MOVING THE MOUNTAIN
225
Out on the Front Lines
227
Reinventing Our Culture
252
The Last Bastion
281
Living Our Dreams
311
Bibliography
321
Acknowledgments
329

Welcome to Washington
139
Lost and Found in LA
166

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About the author (2001)

Helen Zia, a graduate of Princeton University's first co-educational class, is an award-winning journalist who has covered Asian American communities and political movements for twenty years. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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