ERIC Number: ED211397
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jan-20
Chinese in America, 1840-1943: A Bibliographical Introduction.
Wong, Kevin S.
This annotated bibliography cites materials dealing with Chinese immigration into the United States from 1840 to 1943. The materials cited can be used at the secondary level. Only monographs--books, sociological studies, dissertations, and government publications--are included. The entries reveal that the quality of the published scholarly materials concerning the history of Chinese in America is quite varied. In general, there is no completely satisfactory history of the Chinese in America as of yet. The majority of the works included are reworkings of Mary Coolidge's 1909 publication "Chinese Immigration." While this is one of the classic works in the field, it is rather outdated and her unrestrained pro-Chinese sentiments often obscure the more complex issues of racial interaction and economic competition. Another approach taken by some of the citations is that of Gunther Barth's "Bitter Strength." Using primarily missionary letters from China and California newspapers reports, Barth argues that the actions of the Chinese were responsible for the racial discrimination they experienced. By placing the blame on the Chinese, Barth largely ignores the underlying social attitudes of the nineteenth-century Californians and thus distorts the evolution of the interaction between racism and economics. Recently, however there is a growing trend, for Chinese Americans to conduct their own research utilizing Chinese language sources and oral histories. Hopefully, with this latter trend, a complete, well-balanced history of Chinese Americans will be forthcoming. (Author/RM)
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Asian Studies, Chinese Americans, Ethnic Groups, Ethnic Studies, Immigrants, Racial Discrimination, Secondary Education
Project on East Asian Studies in Education, 108 Lane Hall, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 ($1.10).
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor. Project on East Asian Studies in Education.
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