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Resources at the IMSA IRC on the Asian American experience and, in particular, contributions to civil rights and science.
Please note that ebooks are only available to the IMSA community with these links. Contact your library for access.
Criteria for inclusion:
- Higher grades (not young child or elementary)
- History topics (not surveys of Asian-American literature, psychology, art, etc)
- Post-2000 publishing dates (except for titles of particular interest)
Books on the discipline of Asian-American studies are not included.
Asian American Experience - IMSA Owned
ABC-CLIO: Asian American Experience
This database includes a rich and diverse variety of primary sources, perspective essays from leading Asian American studies scholars, and search and citation tools for streamlined academic research. Extensive reference libraries prepare researchers to conduct in-depth explorations of key issues, such as the role of discrimination in Asian American history and its effect on citizenship and civil liberties, the economic impacts of immigration and labor, and changing political and cultural representation.
American History Unbound: Asians and Pacific Islanders by
Call Number: Ebook
Publication Date: 2015-08-25
A survey of U.S. history from its beginnings to the present, American History Unbound reveals our past through the lens of Asian American and Pacific Islander history. In so doing, it is a work of both history and anti-history, a narrative that fundamentally transforms and deepens our understanding of the United States. This text is accessible and filled with engaging stories and themes that draw attention to key theoretical and historical interpretations. Gary Y. Okihiro positions Asians and Pacific Islanders within a larger history of people of color in the United States and places the United States in the context of world history and oceanic worlds.
Asian American History and Culture: an Encyclopedia by
Call Number: Ebook
Publication Date: 2010-02-15
Offers coverage of the arts, culture, community, education, family, gender, marriage, occupation, and work of more than twenty national-origin groups, both historically and in contemporary American society.
Asian Americans in Dixie: Race and Migration in the South by
Call Number: Ebook
Publication Date: 2013-10-14
Extending the understanding of race and ethnicity in the South beyond the prism of black-white relations, this interdisciplinary collection explores the growth, impact, and significance of rapidly growing Asian American populations in the American South. Avoiding the usual focus on the East and West Coasts, several essays attend to the nuanced ways in which Asian Americans negotiate the dominant black and white racial binary, while others provoke readers to reconsider the supposed cultural isolation of the region, reintroducing the South within a historical web of global networks across the Caribbean, Pacific, and Atlantic.
Asian American Spies: How Asian Americans Helped Win the Allied Victory by
Call Number: Ebook
Publication Date: 2021-06-15
Availalbe through June 30, 2022
Asian Americans were brought into the Office of Strategic Services, forerunner of the CIA, during World War II under the assumption of a secure loyalty. They served as research analysts, special operations members, morale operations propagandists, secret agents gathering covert intelligence, and, after the war, as war crimes investigators in East Asia where their cultural and linguistic skills, coupled with the correct racial uniforms, made them invaluable to America’s first centralized intelligence agency. These agents were drawn from New York City to Honolulu, where Asian immigrants and their American-born offspring had developed loyalties that were multiple and flexible, not singular and fixed. Despite this, European American OSS recruiters admitted them even as they believed their own loyalty was more certain and fixed, since they hailed from families with roots reaching far back into America’s past. In their joint struggle against the Imperial Japanese forces, these Asian Americans and their European American OSS colleagues generated propaganda to demoralize the enemy and encourage surrender, gathered overt intelligence from a wide variety of media sources, obtained covert intelligence inside enemy-occupied territory, and trained and executed guerrilla operations scores of miles behind the battle lines where, if captured, they faced torture and execution. Immediately after the war, they conducted war crimes investigations that included some Asian American collaborators, raising questions about the meaning of loyalty. The end result of their activities was not only the satisfaction of seeing Imperial Japan defeated, but a new understanding of loyalty, race, and Asian Americans.
The Columbia Documentary History of the Asian American Experience by
Call Number: 973.0495 ODOCOLU2002
Publication Date: 2002-12-15
A collection of documents that can serve as a reference for researchers, students, and the general public, particularly in tandem with Gary Okihiro's 2001 The Columbia Guide to Asian American History. They were selected to illuminate issues and events of lasting historical significance for a range of Asian American ethnic groups. The arrangement is chronological, from before 1900 through 2000.
The Columbia Guide to Asian American History by
Call Number: 973.0495073 OKIHCOLU2001
Publication Date: 2001-11-14
Offering a rich and insightful road map of Asian American history as it has evolved over more than 200 years, this book marks the first systematic attempt to take stock of this field of study.
A Companion to Asian American Studies by
Call Number: Ebook
Publication Date: 2004-12-10
A Companion to Asian American Studies is comprised of 20 previously published essays that have played an important historical role in the conceptualization of Asian American studies as a field. Essays are drawn from international publications, from the 1970s to the present Includes coverage of psychology, history, literature, feminism, sexuality, identity politics, cyberspace, pop culture, queerness, hybridity, and diasporic consciousness Features a useful introduction by the editor reviewing the selections, and outlining future possibilities for the field Can be used alongside Asian American Studies After Critical Mass, edited by Kent A. Ono, for a complete reference to Asian American Studies.
Elusive Citizenship : Immigration, Asian Americans, and the Paradox of Civil Rights by
Call Number: Ebook
Publication Date: 2004-06-01
Since the late nineteenth century, federal and state rules governing immigration and naturalization have placed persons of Asian ancestry outside the boundaries of formal membership. A review of leading cases in American constitutional law regarding Asians would suggest that initially, Asian immigrants tended to evade exclusionary laws through deliberate misrepresentations of their identities or through extralegal means. Eventually, many of these immigrants and their descendants came to accept prevailing legal norms governing their citizenship in the United States. In many cases, this involved embracing notions of white supremacy. John S. W. Park argues that American rules governing citizenship and belonging remain fundamentally unjust, even though they suggest the triumph of a civil rights vision, where all citizens share the same basic rights. By continuing to privilege members over non-members in ways that are politically popular, these rules mask injustices that violate principles of fairness. Importantly, Elusive Citizenship also suggests that politically and socially, full membership in American society remains closely linked with participation in exclusionary practices that isolate racial minorities in America.
Everything You Need to Know about Asian-American History by
Call Number: 973.0495 CAOEVER1996
Publication Date: 1996-08-01
Utilizing a lively question-and-answer format, a comprehensive overview of Asian-American history documents the dramatic impact of Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean, Indian, and Pacific Island cultures on American society.
The Making of Asian America: A History by
Call Number: 973.0495 LEEMAKI2015
Publication Date: 2015-09-01
The definitive history of Asian Americans by one of the nation's preeminent scholars on the subject. In the past fifty years, Asian Americans have helped change the face of America and are now the fastest growing group in the United States. But as award-winning historian Erika Lee reminds us, Asian Americans also have deep roots in the country. The Making of Asian America tells the little-known history of Asian Americans and their role in American life, from the arrival of the first Asians in the Americas to the present-day.
Margins and Mainstreams : Asians in American History and Culture by
Call Number: Ebook
Publication Date: 2014-02-13
This book explores the meaning of multiculturalism in larger American society, Gary Okihiro explores the significance of Asian American experiences from the perspectives of historical consciousness, race, gender, class, and culture.
The Oxford Handbook of Asian American History by
Call Number: Ebook
Publication Date: 2016-02-01
Out of the tumult of the social movements of the 1960s and 1970s emerged the academic field of Asian American history. Early works focused on the social history of immigrant groups to Hawai’i and the continental United States, with an emphasis on lived experience, resistance, and agency against the backdrop of American racism. More recent scholarship, like the study of United States history as a whole, has taken a transnational and cultural “turn” with empire and war serving key interpretive frames. Propelled by theoretical engagement with other fields and disciplines, intersectional analyses of race, class, gender, and sexuality have come to characterize the historical treatment of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. This project represents a wide-ranging commentary on the state of the field—mapping how the field has emerged over time, its current status, and projections about future directions. The handbook is unique in the existing literature in that no other book has assembled so many specialists to engage such a diversity of topics and issues. While no single work could claim to be comprehensive or exhaustive, this handbook represents the fullest exploration of the field of Asian American history to date.
Race, Rights, and the Asian American Experience by
Publication Date: 2006-11-16
Second edition. First edition published in 1998 is in print at IMSA: 342.730873 ANCHRACE1998
In Race, Rights, and the Asian American Experience, Angelo N. Ancheta demonstrates how United States civil rights laws have been framed by a black-white model of race that typically ignores the experiences of other groups, including Asian Americans. When racial discourse is limited to antagonisms between black and white, Asian Americans often find themselves in a racial limbo, marginalized or unrecognized as full participants. Ancheta examines legal and social theories of racial discrimination, ethnic differences in the Asian American population, nativism, citizenship, language, school desegregation, and affirmative action. In the second edition of this influential book, Ancheta also covers post-9/11 anti-Asian sentiment and racial profiling. He analyzes recent legal cases involving political empowerment, language rights, human trafficking, immigrant rights, and affirmative action in higher education--many of which move the country farther away from the ideals of racial justice. On a more positive note, he reports on the progress Asian Americans have made in the corporate sector, politics, the military, entertainment, and academia. A skillful mixture of legal theories, court cases, historical events, and personal insights, this second edition brings fresh insights to U.S. civil rights from an Asian American perspective
Rethinking the Asian American Movement by
Call Number: Ebook
Publication Date: 2012-02-20
Although it is one of the least-known social movements of the 1960s and 1970s, the Asian American movement drew upon some of the most powerful currents of the era, and had a wide-ranging impact on the political landscape of Asian America, and more generally, the United States. Using the racial discourse of the black power and other movements, as well as antiwar activist and the global decolonization movements, the Asian American movement succeeded in creating a multi-ethnic alliance of Asians in the United States and gave them a voice in their own destinies. Rethinking the Asian American Movement provides a short, accessible overview of this important social and political movement, highlighting key events and key figures, the movement's strengths and weaknesses, how it intersected with other social and political movements of the time, and its lasting effect on the country. It is perfect for anyone wanting to obtain an introduction to the Asian American movement of the twentieth century.
They Called Us Enemy by
Call Number: 940.531773 TAKETAKE2019
Publication Date: 2019-07-16
A stunning graphic memoir recounting actor/author/activist George Takei's childhood imprisoned within American concentration camps, as one of 120,000 Japanese Americans imprisoned by the U.S. government during World War II. Experience the forces that shaped an American icon -- and America itself -- in this gripping tale of courage, country, loyalty, and love.
World War II and Military Histories
George Sakato Oral History Interview
C-SPAN interview with George Sakato, who served with the Japanese-American 442nd Regimental Combat team during World War II.
Go For Broke National Education Center
Japanese American soldiers of World War II and the wartime experiences of their families, peers and fellow community members.
Hawai'i Nisei Story
A collaboration between the University of Hawaii and Hawaii Nisei veterans, this site focuses on the experiences of Hawaii’s Americans of Japanese Ancestry, from the early decades of the twentieth century, through World War II, the postwar era, and the present.
Higuchi Wartime Correspondence
This website contains a selection of the letters exchanged between Chaplain Hiro Higuchi and his wife Hisako during World War II. The letters are listed in chronological order and are available in PDF format.
Hiroshi Sakahara Oral History Interview
National Museum of the Pacific War presents an interview with Hiroshi Sakahara. Sakahara is second generation Japanese-American. He provides some details of his family history and life growing up in Tacoma, Washington during the Great Depression. In 1941 he joined the Army and volunteered for the 442nd Infantry Combat Team, 5th Army. They fought in Belgium and Italy on the front lines opposite the Germans. He served as an ammunition carrier and later carried the Browning Automatic Rifle. In the Spring of 1944 through May of 1945, Sakahara pulled guard duty until Germany surrendered. He was discharged in June of 1945.
Japanese American Digitization Project - San Jose University
This digital collection, generated by a consortium of California State University Archives, and an expanding group of partners from other institutional archives, libraries, museums, and cultural heritage organizations, features documents, oral histories, photographs, and other archival materials relating to the history of Japanese Americans. There is a special focus on their experiences in California and the incarceration of people of Japanese ancestry during World War II. Touching on a wide range of topics, the CSUJAD brings disparate local archival collections together in this searchable online collection of national importance.
Japanese American Military History Collective
Historical documents and oral histories of the Japanese American military experience in World War II.
Japanese Americans in military during World War II
Japanese Americans served in the U.S. armed forces in disproportionate numbers, despite having their loyalties questioned after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Though they mostly served in the segregated 442nd Regimental Combat Team and its predecessor, the 100th Infantry Battalion , others served as translators and interpreters in the Military Intelligence Service . Because of the unique role they played during and after the war, Japanese American war veterans continue to play an influential role in the community.
National Archives Documents Relating to the 442nd RCT
The documents listed below include monthly reports by the 442nd RCT Headquarters and general orders and memoranda issued by the United States Army. The monthly reports, dating from July 1944 through May 1946, provide a general overview of the 442nd RCT’s activities. General orders and memos document troop movements, alerts, assumptions of command, inactivation, the awarding of medals, and parades.
Oral Histories and Interviews: 100th Infantry Battalion Veterans
Interviews with 100th veterans reside in this website’s archive, especially articles for the Hawaii Herald newspaper that Ben Tamashiro, a 100th veteran, wrote about fellow comrades whom he had interviewed.
Signal Corps Photographs
The U.S. Army Signal Corps photographed military activities during World War II. This selection of photographs documents the 100th Infantry Battalion and the 442nd Regimental Combat Team [RCT]. Subjects include enlistment, training at Camp Shelby, Mississippi, service in Italy and France, and the 442nd RCT’s homecoming in Honolulu.
Six Japanese American Military Units of World War II
Interviews with members of the Japanese American Military Unites during World War II.
Other Asian American History Resources
AAPI Heritage Month
Includes exhibits and collections in addition to teacher resources.
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage and History in the U.S.
From the National Endowment for the Humanities, includes teacher's guides and lesson plans.
Five part PBS video series, the filmmakers weave together archival footage, photos, interviews and expert commentary. Spanning the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 to the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad, the United States’ incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, the work of student activists in 1968 and the role of Asian Americans in Silicon Valley, the documentary covers significant historical ground.
Asian Pacific American Center
The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center is a migratory museum that brings history, art and culture to you through innovative community-focused experiences.
History of Angel Island Immigration Station
A history of Angel Island, an immigration station in San Francisco Bay which operated from January 21, 1910 to November 5, 1940,.
Notable Asian Americans
List of hundreds of notable Asian Americans with brief descriptions of contributions and links for further information.
Toolkit for “I Am Asian American”
This toolkit accompanies the article “I Am Asian American,” and provides professional-development resources to help teachers reflect on their own assumptions and knowledge gaps about Asian Americans and to include a variety of Asian-American voices in their curricula.
Available from Other Libraries
Asian American History: a Very Short Introduction by
Call Number: On Order at IMSA
Publication Date: 2016-12-07
Asian migrants, in large part Chinese, arrived in significant numbers on the West Coast during the 1850s and 1860s to work in gold mining and on the construction of the transcontinental Railroad. Unlike their contemporary European counterparts, Asians, often stigmatized as "coolies," challenged American ideals of equality with the problem of whether all racial groups could be integrated into America's democracy. The fear of the "Yellow Peril" soon spurred an array of legislative and institutional efforts to segregate them through immigration laws, restrictions on citizenship, and limits on employment, property ownership, access to public services, and civil rights. Prejudices against Asian Americans reached a peak during World War II, when Japanese Americans were interned en masse. It was only with changes in the immigration laws and the social and political activism of the 1960s and 1970s that Asian Americans gained ground and acceptance, albeit in the still stereotyped category of "model minorities."
The Asian American Movement by
Publication Date: 1993-10-06
William Wei traces to the late 1960s the initial genesis of an Asian American identity, culture, and activism through which members of this pan-Asian group could assert their right to belong to and be respected as responsible members of this society.
Asian Americans and the Supreme Court by
Publication Date: 1992-05-26
The book begins with an overview by editor Kim. In section 2, Braeman treats major cases concerning the question of the government's right to exclude, expel, or deport persons of Asian ancestry. In the next section, Hull focuses on major cases on the constitutional question of U.S. citizenship for persons of Asian ancestry. Stuen then discusses cases dealing with the alien land laws of California and Washington. The Japanese internment cases are discussed by Minami and Bannai; and cases dealing with Asian Americans' legal fight to claim their rights for employment, language, and education follow. Next, Gotanda casts the problem of denying Asian Americans their constitutional rights within the analytical framework of the Asian American identity. In the final chapter Tamayo covers the latest changes in America's immigration policies, reviewing major immigration laws passed by Congress during the 20th century and discussing implications of the Immigration Act of 1990.
Asian American Women: issues, concerns, and responsive human and civil rights advocacy by
Publication Date: 2007-06-01
Asian American Women: Issues, Concerns, and Responsive Human and Civil Rights Advocacy reveals the struggles of Asian American women at the bottom of the socio-economic ladder where hunger, illness, sweatshop labor, exposure to hazardous chemicals and even involuntary servitude are everyday realities. Asian American women of all socio-economic classes suffer from domestic violence whose root causes stem from the particular forms of patriarchy that exist in Asian cultures. Their health and lives are endangered due to stereotypes about Asian women. The lack of research or the lumping together of the over 24 subgroups of Asian Americans into a homogeneous whole misleads the public as to the extent of injustices inflicted on Asian American women. The book captures their suffering and also the fighting spirit of Asian American women who have waged social and economic justice campaigns to right the wrongs against them. The book is a call to action to Asian Americans, policy makers, civil rights organizations and the philanthropic community to support Asian American women in their struggles to advance their social justice agenda.
A Different Shade of Justice: Asian American civil rights in the South by
Publication Date: 2017-10-02
n the Jim Crow South, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, and, later, Vietnamese and Indian Americans faced obstacles similar to those experienced by African Americans in their fight for civil and human rights. Although they were not black, Asian Americans generally were not considered white and thus were subject to school segregation, antimiscegenation laws, and discriminatory business practices. As Asian Americans attempted to establish themselves in the South, they found that institutionalized racism thwarted their efforts time and again. However, this book tells the story of their resistance and documents how Asian American political actors and civil rights activists challenged existing definitions of rights and justice in the South. From the formation of Chinese and Japanese communities in the early twentieth century through Indian hotel owners'battles against business discrimination in the 1980s and'90s, Stephanie Hinnershitz shows how Asian Americans organized carefully constructed legal battles that often traveled to the state and federal supreme courts. Drawing from legislative and legal records as well as oral histories, memoirs, and newspapers, Hinnershitz describes a movement that ran alongside and at times intersected with the African American fight for justice, and she restores Asian Americans to the fraught legacy of civil rights in the South.
Our Stories: an introduction to South Asian America by
Publication Date: 2021-07-08
With stories spanning from the 1780s to the present day and bringing together the voices of sixty-four authors, Our Stories: An Introduction to South Asian America demonstrates the diversity, vibrancy, and power of the South Asian American community.
Teaching about Asian Pacific Americans by
Publication Date: 2006-06-02
The number of Asian American students in schools and colleges has soared in the last twenty-five years, and they make up one of the fastest growing segments of the student population. However, classroom material often does not include their version of the American experience. Teaching about Asian Pacific Americans was created to address this void. This resource guide provides interactive activities, assignments, and strategies for classrooms or workshops. Those new to the field of Asian American studies will appreciate the background information on issues that concern Asian Pacific Americans, while experts in the field will find powerful, innovative teaching activities that clearly convey established and new ideas. The activities in this book have been used effectively in classrooms, workshops for staff and practitioners in student services programs, community-based organizations, teacher training programs, social service agencies, and diversity training. Teaching About Asian Pacific Americans serves as a critical resource for anyone interested in race, ethnicity, and Asian Pacific American communities.