An inclusive and landmark history, emphasizing how essential Asian American experiences are to any understanding of US history.

Product Code: 3213
ISBN: 9780807012710
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Beacon Press
Pages: 240
Published Date: 04/23/2023
Availability:In stock
Price: $18.95

Original and expansive, Asian American Histories of the United States is a nearly 200-year history of Asian migration, labor, and community formation in the US. Reckoning with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and the surge in anti-Asian hate and violence, award-winning historian Catherine Ceniza Choy presents an urgent social history of the fastest growing group of Americans. The book features the lived experiences and diverse voices of immigrants, refugees, US-born Asian Americans, multiracial Americans, and workers from industries spanning agriculture to healthcare.

Despite significant Asian American breakthroughs in American politics, arts, and popular culture in the twenty-first century, a profound lack of understanding of Asian American history permeates American culture. Choy traces how anti-Asian violence and its intersection with misogyny and other forms of hatred, the erasure of Asian American experiences and contributions, and Asian American resistance to what has been omitted are prominent themes in Asian American history. This ambitious book is fundamental to understanding the American experience and its existential crises of the early twenty-first century.

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Writing in the Years of Great Hatred
The Multiple Origins of Asian American Histories

2020: The Health of the Nation
1975: Trauma and Transformation
1968: What’s in the Name “Asian American”?
1965: The Many Faces of Post-1965 Asian America
1965 Reprise: The Faces Behind the Food
1953: Mixed Race Lives
1941 and 1942: The Days That You Remember
1919: Declaration of Independence
1875: Homage
1869: These Wounds


“An impressive new work about how major moments in Asian American history continue to influence the modern world . . . . An empathetic and detailed recounting of Asian American histories rarely found in textbooks.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

“Sharply drawn profiles of individual Asian Americans add depth to Choy’s broad overview and bring historic events to dramatic life. The result is an essential reconsideration of American history.” —Publishers Weekly

“An essential and illuminating resource.” —Booklist

“Choy grapples resourcefully and brilliantly with the overriding question of just how and why in the current time it is that Asian Americans find themselves, notwithstanding their lengthy history, the target of so much hate in this country.” —Nichi Bei Weekly

“Choy’s volume is artful, strident, meaningful, and highly readable, with pressing, contemporary, practically torn-from-the-headlines relevance, remarkable for its thoughtful blend of affecting individual stories, and also remarkable as a heartfelt lookback at our heterogenous ‘origin stories’ and ‘stories in progress…'” —Ravi Chandra, East Wind Ezine

“Written with love and respect for our communities, this book illuminates histories as diverse as Asian America itself.” —Grace M. Cho, author of National Book Award–finalist Tastes Like War

“I promise you, this is unlike any history you’ll ever read—a book only Catherine Ceniza Choy could have written.” —Anthony Christian Ocampo, author of The Latinos of Asia

“A brilliant, perceptive historian.” —Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Freedom Dreams

“Professor Choy offers an evocative meditation on the histories of Asian Americans, histories that powerfully connect our past with our present.” —Vicki L. Ruiz, Distinguished Professor Emerita of History and Chicano/Latino Studies, University of California, Irvine

“A powerful and effective nonlinear account of how we came to the present moment.” —Beth Lew-Williams, author of The Chinese Must Go

Asian American Histories of the United States inspires us to link personal biographies with global histories and tragic pasts with hope-filled futures.” —Theodore S. Gonzalves, twenty-first president of the Association for Asian American Studies

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