American History Unbound: Asians and Pacific Islanders

American History Unbound: Asians and Pacific Islanders

Language: English

Pages: 520

ISBN: 0520274350

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

A survey of U.S. history from its beginnings to the present, American History Unbound reveals our past through the lens of Asian American and Pacific Islander history. In so doing, it is a work of both history and anti-history, a narrative that fundamentally transforms and deepens our understanding of the United States. This text is accessible and filled with engaging stories and themes that draw attention to key theoretical and historical interpretations. Gary Y. Okihiro positions Asians and Pacific Islanders within a larger history of people of color in the United States and places the United States in the context of world history and oceanic worlds.

















year, 150 walked off a Maui plantation when the management failed to pay them, and about 200 marched from ‘Ewa to Honolulu to voice their grievances. Numerous other Japanese work actions took place throughout the 1890s. In 1900, the first year of the territory, a government report listed twenty strikes. The largest involved 1,350 strikers. In all, 7,806 field hands, cane cutters, and mill laborers struck in that year. At Kīlauea plantation on Kaua‘i, 43 Japanese and Portuguese women workers were

accentuated the rise of nativism and hatred, and Asian and Mexican migrant laborers were easy targets. According to Roldan, when he asked for a marriage license form, the county clerk asked him “whether I was a Filipino and . . . also whether I was white, or yellow, or brown, or red.” When he replied he was Filipino, the clerk questioned him about his prospective bride, “whether she was an American girl.”34 Having established that the bride was white, the clerk denied Roldan the license. FIGURE

of a hotel on posh Fifth Avenue, Smile promised: “If the women of America will but eat the food I prepare, they will be more beautiful than they as yet imagine. The eye will grow lustrous, the complexion will be yet so lovely and the figure like unto those of our beautiful India women.”17 Customers flocked to savor his curries, and two years later he opened the Omar Khayyam restaurant on Fifth Avenue, near the renowned Waldorf Astoria Hotel. In 1903 and 1904, Coney Island’s Luna Park attracted

him of sleep, forced him to listen to extremely loud music, and placed him in cold rooms for hours without food, drink, or toilet facilities. They wrapped him in an Israeli flag and told him to admit his membership in al-Qaeda and involvement in the September 11 attacks. “I would rather die than stay here forever,” Dossari wrote, “and I have tried to commit suicide several times. The purpose of Guantanamo is to destroy people, and I have been destroyed. I am hopeless because our voices are not

Chinese women in rural California. A decade later, the number of wives increased, to about 30 to 40 percent of the total. The rise of families evidenced a more settled community and the end of the period of migrant labor, marked by the 1875 Page Act, which excluded bound or contract workers and Asian women and prostitutes from entry into the United States, and the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act, which prohibited entry to Chinese laborers. The numbers of Chinese migrant laborers followed the ebb and

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