Chinese Americans: The History and Culture of a People: The History and Culture of a People

Chinese Americans: The History and Culture of a People: The History and Culture of a People

Language: English

Pages: 600

ISBN: 2:00364073

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


This in-depth historical analysis highlights the enormous contributions of Chinese Americans to the professions, politics, and popular culture of America, from the 19th century through the present day.

• Highlights the distinctive roles that Chinese Americans have added to the fabric of American life
• Illustrates the experience of Chinese Americans with discrimination, resistance, and assimilation
• Considers the émigrés of the Sinophone diaspora with entries on Cambodian-Chinese and Vietnamese-Chinese Americans
• Offers a selection of fascinating primary documents that enrich the reader's experience
• Reveals the problems that Chinese American women faced with the passage of the 1882 Exclusion Act

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portrayal contributed to the “other” label continuing to qualify Chinese Americans’ gains in social standing. Chinese American rights were not central in the civil rights battles of the 1960s, but the community did benefit from the progress that was made. Asian Americans successfully used Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act in Lau v. Nichols (1974) to convince a court to rule that a school system that will not consider the needs of limited English-speaking students is denying them equal

the 19th century came from the Guangdong Province. The Guangdong natives in the United States can, in turn, be divided into three subgroups, each speaking its own Chinese dialect. Samyup (sanyi) people came from three districts immediately south and west of the city of Guangzhou, in the Pearl River Delta; Szeyup (siyi) inhabitants hailed from four districts to the southeast of San yup; while Xiangshan natives originated from a district between Guangzhou and the Portuguese colony of Macau, some 40

the official language of the People’s Republic of China and Taiwan. However, the very term “Chinese” is highly contested because many Chinese ethnic communities speak other varieties of Chinese (Cantonese, Fujianese, etc.) as their HLs, which are not entirely mutually intelligible with Mandarin. This crucial distinction is often neglected in Chinese HL program design and implementation. For example, in many current Chinese-language programs, speakers of other Chinese varieties are placed with

adults; leadership training programs; fellowship groups; youth camp; family camp; a six-week day camp; retreats; and short-term missions. Prior to the 1950s, most church members lived in Chinatown and were able to walk to church. This began to change in the latter part of the 1950s, when long-time members and young married couples began to move out Chinatown proper. As a result, many church activities were concentrated on Sunday. The several adult fellowship groups met monthly on Saturdays,

Marshall Leong, who had played for three years on the Mission High School varsity. The six-foot, 200-pound fullback won praise from local sports writers as “the best Chinese football player of the season.” Selected to play in the 1939 East-West DeMolay All-Star game, Leong accepted an athletic scholarship to then Oregon State College. Before World War II, basketball became the most widely played sport throughout Chinese American communities. Invented by Dr. James Naismith at the YMCA training

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