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The author of the book: Sucheng Chan
Edition: Twayne Publishers
Date of issue: January 1st 1991
ISBN 13: 9780805784268
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Sucheng Chan incisively examines the Asian American experience, weaving together the stories of Americans of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, and Asian Indian ancestry from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Chan includes an account of the influx of a million refugees and immigrants from Vietnam, Laos, and Kampuchea [sic] since 1975.
Economic survival, community structure, resistance to oppression, family formation, internment and military service during World War II, changing socio-economic status, educational achievements, political activities, and cultural expressions are all deftly analyzed.
"Employing a highly useful and imaginative comparative approach to the complex and heterogeneous history of Asians in the United States, Chan has produced a major interpretation of Asian American history that will serve as a model for historians of American ethnicity." -- Mario T. Garcia
[Twayne's Immigrant Heritage of America series presents concise histories of individual ethnic groups and their impact on American life and culture. With comprehensive examinations of the immigrant experience, it serves as a resource for both young students and experienced researchers. Each book in the series is written by a qualified scholar and includes notes, references, a selected bibliography and a complete index.]
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Read information about the authorBorn on April 16, 1941, in Shanghai, China, of Chinese parents, Sucheng Chan attended elementary school in China, Hong Kong, and Malaysia; junior high school in Singapore; and high school in New York City.
Sucheng Chan attended Swarthmore College, earning a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1963. She received a master’s degree in Asian studies from the University of Hawaii in 1965 and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California at Berkeley in 1973.
Chan started her academic employment in 1971, as assistant professor of ethnic studies at California State University at Sonoma. In 1974 she took a job as assistant professor of Asian American studies at the University of California at Berkeley, where she attained the rank of associate professor. In 1984 Chan was hired as professor of history and American studies at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Since 1988 she has taught at the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she is currently chair of Asian American studies and affiliate professor of history.
Of all her accomplishments, Sucheng Chan takes special pride in having been the first Asian American woman to serve as a provost in the University of California system, in her role as founding editor of the first book series in Asian American studies, and in having served as chair of the first department of Asian American studies at a major research university in the United States. She is also proud of her teaching success in history: Chan has won several teaching awards, including, most recently, the Asian American Faculty and Staff Association’s Distinguished Lecturer Award at the University at Santa Barbara.
Author, editor, or co-editor of nine published books and eight books in progress, Chan has explored the histories of several groups of Asians and Asian Americans in the United States, including Koreans, Laotians, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, and Cambodians. Her first book, This Bittersweet Soil: The Chinese in California Agriculture, 1860–1910 , won four distinguished awards, including the Association for Asian American Studies Outstanding Book Award. Two of her other books, Quiet Odyssey: A Pioneer Korean Woman in America and Asian Americans: An Interpretive History , have also won awards. Chan is the founding editor of the twenty-volume Asian American History and Culture Series published by Temple University Press, and the editor of Hmong Means Free: Life in Laos and America , published in 1994.
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