Becoming Chinese American: A History of Communities and Institutions

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Rowman Altamira, 2004 - History - 397 pages
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Collection of essays by Chinese-American scholar Him Mark Lai; published in association with the Chinese Historical Society of San Francisco.
  

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It is a very interesting historical record of Chinese American in the Central Valley area where the Chinese people are struggling to establish their business while competing with major corporations. I recommend this book to people who want to know the history records of the Chinese immigrants.

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Guangdong Origins
3
Aftermath to Exclusion The Confession Program
19
Traditionist Organizations
37
The Chinese Consolidated Benevolent AssociationHuiguan System
39
The Sanyi Sam Yup Community in America
77
Chinese Regional Solidarity The Hua Xian Fa Yuen Community
143
Flower Growers and Political Activists The Huangliang Du Wong Leung Do Community
177
Expressing Their Commonality Chinese Locality and Dialect Group Associations
217
Cultural Retention
269
Chinese Schools in America before World War II
271
Chinese Schools in America after World War II
309
Chinese Glossary
363
Index
389
About the Author
397
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About the author (2004)

Him Mark Lai has researched Chinese American history, has written key articles and books, and in 1969 co-taught the first college level course in America on Chinese American history. Very active in community cultural activities, he produced a weekly hour-long community-based Cantonese language radio program from 1971 to 1984. In 1991 he became a coordinator of the Chinese Culture Foundation's 'In Search of Roots' program, which organizes Chinese American youths to research their family histories and to visit their ancestral villages. Featured in the January 14, 2000 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education as 'the scholar who legitimized the study of Chinese America,' Mr. Lai collected everything about Chinese American history that he could, which has resulted in one of the richest and most extensive personal collections of its kind. Madeline Hsu teaches at San Francisco State University.

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