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Chinese American History, Life & Values

(see also China, Chinese Communities Overseas, Chinese Latin American History, Life & Values, Chinese Exclusion, Asian American History, Life & Values (General) & Asian American Movements)

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On the Web: Articles

On the Web: Specialized Sites

Asian American Experience In the U.S.

Chinese Americans in Los Angeles

Chinese American Citizens Alliance

Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum

In the Library: Articles

Black, Isabella. "American labor & Chinese immigration," Past & Present 25 & 27 (?).

Chang, Sen-dou. "The distribution & occupations of Overseas Chinese," Geographical Review 58 (1968):89-107.

Choy, Philip P. "Golden mountain of lead: the Chinese experience in California," in Olmsted & Wollenberg (eds.) Neither Separate nor Equal (Sacramento, 1971), pp. 47-56.

Gardner, Martha Mabbie. "Working on white womanhood: White working women in the San Francisco anti-Chinese movement, 1877-1890," Journal of Social History 33 (1999):73-96.

Hanawa, Yukiko. "The world of Suzie Wong & Madame Butterfly: race & gender in Asian America," Radical History Review 64 (win 96):12-18.

Hirata, Lucie Cheng. "Free, indentured, enslaved: Chinese prostitutes in 19th-c. America," Signs 5 (1979):3-29.

Jensen, Joan M. "Women on the Pacific Rim: some thoughts on border crossings," Pacific Historical Review 67 (1998):3-40.

Karlin, Jules A. "The anti-Chinese outbreak in Tacoma, 1885," Pacific Historical Review 23 (1954):271-84.

Lee, Robert G. "The hidden world of Asian immigrant radicalism," in P. Buhle & D. Georgakas (eds.) The Immigrant Left in the US (Albany: SUNY, 1996).

Lyman, Stanford. "Overseas Chinese in America & Indonesia," Pacific Affairs 34,4 (win 1961-62):380-89.

Olmsted, Roger R. "The Chinese must go!" in Olmsted & Wollenberg (eds.) Neither Separate nor Equal (Sacramento, 1971), pp. 65-74.

Rogers, Alan. "Chinese & the campaign to abolish capital punishment in Massachusetts, 1870-1914," Journal of American Ethnic History 18,2 (win 99):37-72.

Rudolph, F. "Chinamen in Yankeedom: anti-unionism in Massachusetts in 1870," American Historical Review 53 (1947-48):1-29.

Saxton, Alexander. "The army of Canton in the High Sierra," Pacific Historical Review 35 (1966):141-52. Railroad builders.

Spocke, L. "American labor & Chinese immigration," Past & Present 25 (1963).

__________. "The Chinese community in Los Angeles," Social Casework ? (12/70).

__________. "Sambo & the Heathen Chinee: racial stereotypes in California," Pacific Historical Review (5/73).

Sung, Betty Lee. "Changing Chinese," Society 14,6 (9-10/77):44-49.

Wiener, Jon. "Chinese Americans remember World War II," Radical History Review 67 (win 97):122-28.

Wilkinson, Alec. "Chinese wedding," New Yorker (12/23-30/02):59. Central Park weddings & photography in New York's Chinatown.

In the Library: Non-Fiction Books

Barth, Gunther P. Bitter Strength: A History of the Chinese in the US, 1850-1870 (Cambridge MA, 1964).

Chan, Sucheng. This Bittersweet Soil: The Chinese in California Agriculture, 1860-1910 (Berkeley: U. California, 1986).

__________ (ed.) Entry Denied: Exclusion & the Chinese Community in America, 1882-1943 (Philadelphia: Temple, 1991).

Dunn, Geoff (ed.) Chinatown Dreams: The Life & Photographs of George Lee (Capitola CA: Capitola Book, 2002).

Fitzgerald, Stephen. China & the Overseas Chinese: A Study of Peking's Changing Policy, 1949-1970 (Cambridge, 1972).

Gillenkirk, Jeff & James Motlow. Bitter Melon: Inside America's Last Rural Chinese Town (Berkeley: Heyday, 1987).

Hsu, Francis L.K. Americans & Chinese: Two Ways of Life (NY, 1953).

__________ (ed.) The Challenge of the American Dream: The Chinese in the US (Belmont CA: Wadsworth, 1971).

__________ & Hendrick Serrie (eds.) The Overseas Chinese: Ethnicity in National Context (Lanham MD: University Press of America, 1998).

Kung, S.W. The Chinese in American Life: Some Aspects of their History, Status, Problems & Contributions (Seattle, 196?).

Loewen, James. The Mississippi Chinese. Between Black & White [1971] (2nd ed.; Prospect Hts. IL: Waveland, 1988).

Lydon, Sandy. Chinese Gold: The Chinese in the Monterey Bay Region (Capitola CA: Capitola Book, 1985).

Mah, Adeline Yen. Falling Leaves: The Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter (NY: Broadway, 1997).

McClellan, Robert. The Heathen Chinee: A Study of American Attitudes Toward China, 1890-1905 (Columbus: Ohio State U, 1972.

McWilliams, Carey. Brothers Under the Skin (Boston: Little, Brown, 1942).

Melendy, H. Brett. Chinese & Japanese Americans (NY: Hippocrene, 1984).

Miller, Stuart Creighton. The Unwelcome Immigrant: the American Image of the Chinese, 1785-1882 (Berkeley: U. California, 1969).

Nee, Victor & Brett de Bary Nee. Long Time Californ': A Documentary Study of an American Chinatown (NY: Pantheon, 1973).

Salyer, Lucy E. Laws Harsh as Tigers: Chinese Immigrants & the Shaping of Modern Immigration Law (Chapel Hill: U. North Carolina, 1995).

Sandmeyer, Elmer C. The Anti-Chinese Movement in California (Urbana: U. Illinois, 1973).

Saxton, Alexander. The Indispensable Enemy: Labor & the Anti-Chinese Movement in California (Berkeley: U. California, 1971).

See, Lisa. On Gold Mountain. The 100-Year Odyssey of a Chinese-American Family (NY: St. Martin's, 1995).

Shah, Nayan. Contagious Divides: Epidemics & Race in San Francisco's Chinatown (Berkeley: U. California, 2002).

Siu, Paul C.P. The Chinese Laundryman: A Study of Social Isolation (NY: NYU, 1987).

Skenazy, Paul & Tera Martin (eds.) Conversations with Maxine Hong Kingston (Jackson: U. Mississippi, 1998).

Steiner, Stan. Fusang: The Chinese Who Built America (NY: Harper & Row, 1979).

Takaki, Ronald T. Journey to Gold Mountain: The Chinese in 19th-c. America (NY: Chelsea House, 1994).

Williams, Lea E. Overseas Chinese Nationalism (Glencoe IL: Free Press, 1960).

Wong, K. Scott & Sucheng Chan. Claiming America: Constructing Chinese American Identities during the Exclusion Era (Philadelphia: Temple, 1998).

Yong Chen. Chinese San Francisco, 1850-1943: A Trans-Pacific Community (Stanford: Stanford U, 2000).

Yung, Judy. Unbound Feet: A Social Hisory of Chinese Women in San Francisco (Berkeley: U. California, 1995).

In the Library: Fiction

Chao, Patricia. Monkey King (NY: Harper Collins, 1997).

Chieng, Chieh. A Long Stay in a Distant Land (NY: Bloomsbury, 2005).

Chin, Frank. Donald Duk (Minneapolis: Coffee House, 1981).

Chiu, Christina. Troublemaker & Other Saints (NY: Putnam, 2001).

Glass, Leslie. Stealing Time (NY: Dutton, 1999).

Gross, Leonard. Strangers at the Gate (NY: Random House, 1995). San Francisco.

Jen, Gish. Typical American (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1991).

__________. Mona in the Promised Land (NY: Knopf, 1996).

__________. Who's Irish?: Stories (NY: Knopf, 1999).

Kingston, Maxine Hong. The Woman Warrior

__________. China Men (NY: Knopf, 1980).

Lee, Gus. China Boy: A Novel (NY: Dutton, 1991).

Lee, Quentin. Dress Like a Boy (San Jose: Writers' Club, 2000).

Lin, Ed. Waylaid (NY: Kaya, 2002).

Liu, Aimee. Face (NY: Warner, 1994).

__________. Cloud Mountain (NY: Warner, 1997).

Liu, Catherine. Oriental Girls Desire Romance (NY: Kaya, 1997).

Lord, Betty Bao. Spring Moon (NY:?, 1990).

Louie, David Wong. Pangs of Love. Stories (NY: Knopf, 1991).

McCunn, Ruthanne Lum. Thousand Pieces of Gold: A Biographical Novel [1981] (Boston: Beacon, 1988).

__________. Wooden Fish Songs (NY: Dutton, 1995).

Ng, Fae Myenne. Bone (NY: HarperPerennial, 1994).

Ng, Mei. Eating Chinese Food Faked: A Novel (NY: Scribner, 1998).

Rosan, S.J. A Bitter Feast (NY: St. Martin's, 1998).

See, Lisa. Flower Net (NY: HarperCollins, 1997).

__________. The Interior (NY: HarperCollins, 1997).

Tan, Amy. The Joy Luck Club (NY: Putnam, 1989).

__________. The Kitchen God's Wife (NY: Putnam, 1991).

__________. The Hundred Secret Senses (NY: Putnam, 1995).

__________. The Bonesetter's Daughter (NY: Putnam, 2001)..

Wen, Robert. Love Across the Pacific (San Jose: Writer's Showcase, 2000).

Wong, Norman. Cultural Revolution: Stories (NY: Persea, 1994).

Yan, Geling. The Lost Daughter of Happiness (NY: Hyperion East, 2001).

In the Library: For Young Readers

In the Library: Poetry

In the Library: Drama

In the Library: Photography

CD & Audio

Film & Video

"Ancestors in the Americas: Coolies, Sailors, Settlers" [1996], dir. Loni Ding, 64m. From Center for Educational Telecommunications.

"Ancestors in the Americas: Chinese in the American West, a Frontier Story" [1996], dir. Loni Ding, 124m. From Center for Educational Telecommunications.

"Chinatown Dreams: The Life & Photographs of George Lee" [2003], dir. Paula Mahoney & Woody Carroll, 53m. A gifted photographer's record of six decades in the life of the Chinese community of Santa Cruz, CA.

"Chinese Gold: The Chinese of the Monterey Bay," [1987] dir. Mark Schwartz & Geoffrey Dunn, 42m. From Gold Mountain Productions.

"Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart" [1987], dir. Wayne Wang, 88m. From Pacific Arts Video.

"Living Music for Golden Mountains" [1981], dir. Arthur Dong, 27m. From Deep Focus. Focus on an elderly immigant musician in San Francisco's Chinatown.

"My America (or Honk If You Love Buddha)" [1997], dir. Renée Tajima-Peña, 87m. From National Video Resources.

"Saving Face" [2004], dir. Alice Wu, 91m. In video stores. Inter-generational communications problems between mom, pregnant out of wedlock, her old-school parents & lesbian daughter.

"Thousand Pieces of Gold" [1992], dir. Kenji Yamamoto & Nancy Kelly, 105m. From Hemdale Home Video.

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