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									 The Chinese in America: A Narrative
        History by Iris Chang




                             An American Story


  In an epic story that spans 150 years and continues to the present day,
Iris Chang tells of a people’s search for a better life—the determination of
the Chinese to forge an identity and a destiny in a strange land and, often
against great obstacles, to find success. She chronicles the many
accomplishments in America of Chinese immigrants and their
descendents: building the infrastructure of their adopted country, fighting
racist and exclusionary laws, walking the racial tightrope between black
and white, contributing to major scientific and technological advances,
expanding the literary canon, and influencing the way we think about racial
and ethnic groups. Interweaving political, social, economic, and cultural
history, as well as the stories of individuals, Chang offers a bracing view
not only of what it means to be Chinese American, but also of what it is to
be American.
Personal Review: The Chinese in America: A Narrative History
by Iris Chang
As a naturalized citizen originally from China, I particularly appreciate
Chang's closing remarks that hopefully most readers can come to see the
stories in The Chinese in America as ultimately stories of Americans. I'd
imagine an Irish immigrant 100 years ago, or a Mexican immigrant today,
could tell me many parallel stories like those in this book. Would love to
read about their storeis too, and hope that one day these are all seen as
true American stories as ones about the Plymouth Rock and Lewis and
Clark.

By the way, I listened to the audio version. The reading is a bit dry, but
good enough.

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