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Asian-American History | Asian-American Studies - Interest

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From the late 1930's to the early 1960's, Chinese nightclubs fourished in San Francisco's Chinatown. They were the first, and in those days the only venues for talented Asians who sang or danced professionally. Asian entertainers came from everywhere to perform in Chinatown, and they all found a...
Sweet and Sour
Sweet and Sour examines the history of Chinese family restaurants in the U. S. and Canada. Why did many Chinese immigrants enter this business around the end of the 19th century? What conditions made it possible for Chinese to open and succeed in operating restaurants after they emigrated to North...
My Country Versus Me
Wen Ho Lee, a patriotic American scientist born in Taiwan, had devoted almost his entire life to science and to helping improve U.S. defense capabilities. He loved his job at Los Alamos National Laboratory and spent his leisure time fishing, cooking, gardening, and with his family. Then, suddenly,...
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From Publishers WeeklyIn December 1965, David Spears said good-bye to his wife and three children and went to fight in Vietnam; he returned "in a cargo plane full of caskets" in July 1966. His family has never been the same. "He was the center of what made me feel safe,"...
Asian American Dreams
From Publishers WeeklyWhile growing up in New Jersey in the 1950s and '60s, Zia was provided with plenty of American history by her teachers, while her father inundated her with stories of China's past. Yet she was left wondering about people like herself, Asian Americans, who seemed to be "...
MANOA: Silence to Light: Japan and the Shadows of War, anthology ofJapanese literature in translation, Volume13, No. 1, Summer 2001. Contains Essays by Donald Richie, IshiiShinpei, Last Letters of Kamikaze Pilots (first-time publication intranslation), Testimonials from  Taiwanese “Comfort Women,”...
Cherry Blossom Epiphany -- the poetry and philosophy of a flowering tree
3000 haiku about cherry trees, cherry blossoms, and blossom-viewing: the most haiku about a single theme ever found in one book. The haiku are divided into 60 chapters, chronological (following the viewing from the wait to the trip home), phenomenological (buds, types of trees, bloom, drinking,...
Octopussy, Dry Kidney & Blue Spots -- Dirty Themes from 18-19c Japanese Poems. (The NYTBR idea, from Mark Twain)
17-syllabet Japanese poems about human foibles, sans season (i.e., not haiku), were introduced a half-century ago by RH Blyth in two books, "Edo Satirical Verse Anthologies" and "Japanese Life and Character in Senryu." Blyth regretted having to introduce not the best senryu, but...
The holothurian ossicles are from a photo by Dr. Mike Reich, one a many fine biologists who cooperated w/ this cross-genre book
900+ translated haiku, all on the sea cucumber and most over a hundred years old, with a good measure of natural history. You might know about Ponge and his object poems, but the sea cucumber, a featureless and formless (protean) animal without a ganglia of brain, is the ultimate "thing,...