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While the number of Asians in Michigan was small for a good portion of the state’s history, many Asian-derived communities have settled in the area and grown significantly over time. In Asian Americans in Michigan: Voices from the Midwest, editors Sook Wilkinson and Victor Jew have assembled forty-one contributors to give an intimate glimpse into Michigan’s Asian-American communities, creating a fuller picture of these often overlooked groups. Accounts in the collection come from a range of perspectives, including first-generation immigrants, those born in the United States, and third- and fourth-generation Americans of Asian heritage. In five sections, contributors consider the historical and demographic origins of Michigan’s Asian American communities, explore their experiences in memory and legacy keeping, highlight particular aspects of community culture and heritage, and comment on prospects and hopes for the future. This volume’s vibrant mix of contributors trace their ancestries back to East Asia (China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan), South Asia (Bangladesh, India, Pakistan), and Southeast Asia (Cambodia, Laos, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Hmong). Though each contributor writes from his or her unique set of experiences, Asian Americans in Michigan also reveals universal values and memories held by larger communities. Asian Americans in Michigan makes clear the significant contributions by individuals in many fields—including art, business, education, religion, sports, medicine, and politics—and demonstrates the central role of community organizations in bringing ethnic groups together and preserving memories. Readers interested in Michigan history, sociology, and Asian American studies will enjoy this volume.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Foreword
  2. Frank H. Wu
  3. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Preface
  2. Sook Wilkinson
  3. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xvii-xviii
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  1. Introduction
  2. Victor Jew
  3. pp. 1-8
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  1. Part I: Taking Soundings of Asian America in Michigan
  2. Victor Jew
  3. pp. 9-11
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  1. 1. A Demographic Portrait of Asian Americans in Michigan
  2. Kurt R. Metzger
  3. pp. 12-19
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  1. 2. Asian Americans and Michigan: A Long Transnational Legacy
  2. Victor Jew
  3. pp. 20-49
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  1. 3. “Tell ’Em You’re from Detroit”: Chinese Americans in the Model City
  2. Chelsea Zuzindlak
  3. pp. 50-69
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  1. 4. “Ambassadors” in the Heartland: Asian American Racial and Regional Identity Formations in Michigan
  2. Barbara W. Kim
  3. pp. 70-98
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  1. 5. Genealogy of a Detroit Childhood
  2. Min Hyoung Song
  3. pp. 99-116
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  1. Part II: Legacy Keeping and Memory Keepers
  2. Victor Jew
  3. pp. 117-119
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  1. 6. The Making of an Asian American Detroiter
  2. Grace Lee Boggs
  3. pp. 120-130
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  1. 7. Three Legacy Keepers: The Voices of Chinese, Korean, and Indo-American Michiganders
  2. Tai Chan, Tukyul Andrew Kim, Kul B. Gauri
  3. pp. 131-141
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  1. 8. The History of Nikkei (Japanese) in Detroit
  2. Toshiko Shimoura
  3. pp. 142-148
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  1. 9. From Hammered-Down Nail to Squeaky Cog: The Modern Japanese American Experience in Detroit
  2. Asae Shichi
  3. pp. 149-162
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  1. 10. Bangladeshis in Hamtramck
  2. Durriya Meer
  3. pp. 163-169
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  1. 11. A Brief History of Filipino Americans in Michigan
  2. Emily P. Lawsin, Joseph A. Galura
  3. pp. 170-176
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  1. Part III: Culture and Heritage
  2. Sachi Koto
  3. pp. 177-179
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  1. 12. How to Cook Like a Banana
  2. Anna M. Shih
  3. pp. 180-184
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  1. 13. My Mother and the Kimchee Jar
  2. Kook-Wha Koh
  3. pp. 185-188
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  1. 14. Going Back to Chinese School
  2. Frances Kai-Hwa Wang
  3. pp. 189-196
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  1. 15. Mediating through Memory: The Hmong in Michigan
  2. Jeffrey Vang
  3. pp. 197-212
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  1. Part IV: Life Journeys
  2. Pratyusha Tummala-Narra
  3. pp. 213-215
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  1. 16. Growing Up in Michigan
  2. Lawrence G. Almeda
  3. pp. 216-221
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  1. 17. Shoveling and Heaving: Michigan’s Manangs and Manongs
  2. Emily P. Lawsin
  3. pp. 222-224
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  1. 18. Adoption as Crucible
  2. Jen Hilzinger
  3. pp. 225-232
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  1. 19. The Long Homecoming: Being Chinese and American in Michigan
  2. Katherine M. Lee
  3. pp. 233-237
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  1. 20. My Family’s Experience of the Japanese American Internment Camps
  2. Dylan Sugiyama
  3. pp. 238-245
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  1. 21. Growing Up Hapa in Ann Arbor
  2. Lynet Uttal
  3. pp. 246-251
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  1. 22. The Apology
  2. Catherine Chung
  3. pp. 252-256
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  1. 23. Cars, Prejudice, and God
  2. Kyo Takahashi
  3. pp. 257-270
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  1. 24. A Journey Begins on April 30, 1975: Being Vietnamese American in Michigan
  2. Mimi Doan-Trang Nguyen
  3. pp. 271-277
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  1. 25. A Strange Land
  2. Elaine Lok
  3. pp. 278-279
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  1. 26. Day Remembered
  2. Ti-Hua Chang
  3. pp. 280-282
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  1. Part V: Contemporary Prospects and Voices of the Future
  2. Christine Chen
  3. pp. 283-285
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  1. 27. Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education in Michigan
  2. Leslie E. Wong, Brianna Reckeweg
  3. pp. 286-294
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  1. 28. Political Engagement of Michigan Asian Americans
  2. Sook Wilkinson
  3. pp. 295-302
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  1. 29. Arirang
  2. Kira A. Donnell
  3. pp. 303-309
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  1. 30. Five Seconds
  2. Sheila Xiong
  3. pp. 310-312
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  1. 31. A Search for Hyerim
  2. Rachel Hyerim Sisco
  3. pp. 313-318
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  1. 32. Politics Runs in the Family
  2. Samir Singh
  3. pp. 319-324
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  1. 33. Unconscious and Unrecognized
  2. Emily Hsiao
  3. pp. 325-330
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  1. Afterword
  2. Bich Minh Nguyen
  3. pp. 331-334
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  1. Appendix: Milestones of Asian Americans in the United States
  2. pp. 335-340
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  1. Suggestions for Further Reading
  2. pp. 341-344
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  1. Contributors
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780814339749
Related ISBN
9780814332818
MARC Record
OCLC
908127339
Pages
384
Launched on MUSE
2015-04-28
Language
English
Open Access
No
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