Although severely regulated in the 19th century, the emigration of Asian peoples to America has proven to be culturally and socially significant. The diversity of Asian immigrants—a group that includes Koreans, Japanese, Vietnamese, Chinese, Filipinos, and others—has prevented any single, unified Asian identity from dominating the Asian-American community. Indeed, this characteristic has served to encourage a multicultural perspective within the community and strengthened each ethnic group's reliance on the family unit as a means of defining cultural identity.
The Asian Americans focuses on the social history, customs, and traditions of Asian Americans across U.S. history. Black-and-white photographs and illustrations, box features, and further reading lists are scattered throughout this user-friendly resource.
Black-and-white photographs and illustrations. Maps. Index. Glossary. Box features. Further reading lists.
About the Author(s)
General editor Rodney P. Carlisle earned his B.A. in history from Harvard and both his M.A. and Ph.D. in history from the University of California in Berkeley. He is a former chair of the history department at Rutgers University in Camden, where he taught for more than 30 years, specializing in 20th-century history. Carlisle is now professor emeritus there. He has written and edited many articles and more than 30 books on history, including Facts On File's Handbook to Life in America set.