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Asian American Studies: History

Selected resources for doing background research on Asian American studies, history and finding literary criticism about specific authors.

Chinese Exclusion Act

[above: political cartoon from 1882; Library of Congress]

  • Read this for a short summary: "Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882." Encyclopedia of American Immigration. Ed. Carl L. Bankston, III. Vol. 1. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2010. 190-193. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 3 Oct. 2013. 
  • This is a good encyclopedia article covering Asian immigration issues in the US: Wilson, Lonnie. "Asian Immigration Law." Encyclopedia of Immigration and Migration in the American West. Ed. Gordon Morris Bakken and Alexandra Kindell. Vol. 1. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Reference, 2006. 32-36. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 3 Oct. 2013. 

Model Minority Myth

Asian American protesters

[img: Marcela McGreal, CC BY 2.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons]

Articles referred to in a 2021 presentation on the history of the Asian American model minority myth, from Joyce Moy, executive director of CUNY's Asian American & Asian Research. Institute:

Other LibGuides

Japanese American Internment

A LaGuardia Community College library guide about the incarceration of Japanese Americans during 1941-1946.

Eastern Philosophy and Religion

A library resource guide to support classes such as HUP 121 - Eastern Philosophy and Religion.

Background Research

Keywords/themes to explore: gender, sexuality, women, girls, infanticide, women's rights, feminism, masculinity, India, class, caste system, diaspora, immigration, family, globalization, history and politics of different cultures.

Books: Chinese Immigration to America

Primary Sources: Chinese Immigration to America

Books: Asian American History

Books: Japanese American Internment

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