The Chinese in America: A Narrative History

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Viking, 2003 - Social Science - 496 pages
Iris Chang made headlines in 1997 with the publication of "The Rape of Nanking"-a meticulously researched and brilliantly rendered examination of the sacking of that great city by the Japanese during World War II. Many readers of "The Rape of Nanking" responded to its themes of the fight for justice and the assertion of cultural identity-themes Chang expands upon in her new book.
Chang, the daughter of second-wave Chinese immigrants, has written an extraordinary narrative that encompasses the entire history of one of the fastest growing ethnic groups in the United States, an epic story that spans 150 years and continues to the present day. Chang takes a fresh look at what it means to be an American and draws a complex portrait of the many accomplishments of the Chinese in their adopted country, from building the transcontinental railroad to major scientific and technological advances. A sensitive, deeply moving story of individuals whose lives have shaped and been shaped by this history, "The Chinese in America" is a saga of raw human tenacity and a testament to the determination of a people to forge an identity and destiny in a strange land.

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I'll write a more indepth review when I reread this- read it in 8th grade as part of my National History Day project research. It's a very in depth, very good look at, well, the history of Chinese ... Read full review

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68. The Chinese in America : A Narrative History (Audio) by Iris Chang, read by Jade Wu (2003, 16 hrs 40 mins, 512 pages in Paperback, Listened October 29 to November 19) I feel guilty finding ... Read full review


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Iris Chang was born in China, but emigrated to the United States with her parents while she was still a child. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where her parents were professors, and received a masters degree from Johns Hopkins University. She is a freelance writer who regularly works with The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, and the Associated Press Chang's books include Thread of the Silkworm and The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II. The Rape of Nanking, in particular, involved extensive research both in the United States and abroad. It recounts the Japanese rape and slaughter of the captive population of Nanking, China, in December, 1937 and the early part of 1938. Through the book and her lectures on the subject, Chang has been instrumental in helping the world remember the atrocities of Nanking.

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