Asian Americans in Michigan
Voices from the Midwest
Afterword by Bich Minh Nguyen, Foreword by Frank H. Wu, Contributions by Sook Wilkinson, Chelsea Zuzindlak, Lawrence G. Almeda, Grace Lee Boggs, Tai Chan, Ti-Hua Chang, Catherine Chung, Kira A. Donnell, Joseph A. Galura, Kul B. Gauri, Jen Hilzinger, Emily Hsiao, Tukyul Andrew Kim, Kook-Wha Koh, Sachi Koto, Emily P. Lawsin, Katherine M. Lee, Elaine Lok, Durriya Meer, Kurt R. Metzger, Mimi Doan-Trang Nguyen, Asae Shichi, Anna M. Shih, Toshiko Shimoura, Samir Singh, Dylan Sugiyama, Kyo Takahashi, Pratyusha Tummala-Narra, Lynet Uttal, Jeffrey Vang, Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, Sheila Xiong, Christine Chen, Barbara W. Kim, Leslie E. Wong, Min Hyoung Song, Brianna Reckeweg, Victor Jew and Rachel Hyerim Sisco
In five sections, contributors consider the historical and demographic origins of Michigan's Asian American communities, explore their experiences in memory and legacy keeping, highlight particular aspects of community culture and heritage, and comment on prospects and hopes for the future. This volume's vibrant mix of contributors trace their ancestries back to East Asia (China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan), South Asia (Bangladesh, India, Pakistan), and Southeast Asia (Cambodia, Laos, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Hmong). Though each contributor writes from his or her unique set of experiences, Asian Americans in Michigan also reveals universal values and memories held by larger communities.
Asian Americans in Michigan makes clear the significant contributions by individuals in many fields—including art, business, education, religion, sports, medicine, and politics—and demonstrates the central role of community organizations in bringing ethnic groups together and preserving memories. Readers interested in Michigan history, sociology, and Asian American studies will enjoy this volume.
About the Authors
Victor Jew received his B.A. in history from the University of California–Los Angeles and his doctorate in U.S. history from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he currently teaches in the Asian American Studies Program. He taught at institutions such as Cornell University and Michigan State University, where he offered that campus's first course in Asian American history. He has written on anti-Asian violence in the nineteenth century (Milwaukee in 1889 and Los Angeles in 1871) and is working on a history of Asian American communities in the Midwest from 1870 to the present.
"In this book we record the multiple means of becoming Asian American, participating in the great democratic experiment. Now we reveal that each of us has our own unique set of experiences, but we have universal memories as well. We are not alone as Asian Americans, any more than we are all the same."—Frank H. Wu, from the foreword
"This is a remarkable book on the Asian American experience. The topics are very current, and the many voices, some familiar, are detailed and articulate. It's much more than an Asian American anthology; it's a racial and ethnic history, and the continuing legacy in regional America not normally thought of as home to Asians - Michigan, Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio, and other northern Midwest states. Now these voices can be heard."—Bill Drucker
"The editors and other contributors to this multi-vocal anthology are to be commended not only for their estimable scholarship, but also for rendering a formidable service to Asian American community-building in Michigan. This book sets the stage for a full-dress treatment of the Asian American experience in the entire Midwest region."—Art Hansen, Nichi Bei Weekly
"Over forty authors contributed to this portrait of the mosaic that is Midwestern Asian American life. The book opens with a helpful demographic analysis of Asian Americans in Michigan, using statistics from the 2000 and 2010 US censuses, and proceeds to an interesting history of the growth of Michigan's varied Asian American population [. . .]"—Carl L. Bankston III, The Michigan Historical Review
"This is a special book. Between its covers, people write with incredible honesty. There is pain, joy, bitterness, and laughter. Readers cannot help but be moved, though no two people will experience exactly the same feelings. The glimpses they get of such deep emotions will do the book's work of conveying the rich and unique range of experiences of being Asian American in the Midwest, far from the larger communities on the East and West coasts."—Joe Grimm, Author of Windjammers: Songs of the Great Lakes Sailors (Wayne State University Press, 2002) and Co-Author of Coney Detroit (Wayne State University Press, 2012)
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