Strangers from a Different Shore: A History of Asian Americans

by Ronald Takaki

Hardcover, 1989




Little Brown & Company, (1989)


A history of Asian Americans, introducing the people, the cultures, and their hope, fears, contribution, and dreams. In an extraordinary blend of narrative history, personal recollection, and oral testimony, the author presents a sweeping history of Asian Americans. He writes of the Chinese who laid tracks for the transcontinental railroad, of plantation laborers in the canefields of Hawaii, of "picture brides" marrying strangers in the hope of becoming part of the American dream. He tells stories of Japanese Americans behind the barbed wire of U.S. internment camps during World War II, Hmong refugees tragically unable to adjust to Wisconsin's alien climate and culture, and Asian American students stigmatized by the stereotype of the "model minority." This is a powerful and moving work that will resonate for all Americans, who together make up a nation of immigrants from other shores.--Publisher description.… (more)

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LibraryThing member autumnesf
A good history book on Asians in America (including Hawaii). Lots of information and an easy read. Its not a pretty story - I didnt realize we actually tried to keep non-whites from being citizens right from the beginning and only wanted a white country. Hard stuff.
LibraryThing member KikiUnhinged
If you like reading personal accounts of Asian immigrant experiences this book is for you. I found it to be too much fluff making it longer than necessary and more tedious to read. However, it was also quite eye-opening.


Commonwealth Club of California Book Awards (Gold Medal — Nonfiction — 1989)
AAAS Book Awards (Winner — 1990)


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