By P.C. Staff
“The Making of Asian America,” written by Erika Lee, director of the Immigration History Research Center, puts into thought the rich, complicated and “invisible” histories of Asians in the U.S.
— Erika Lee (@prof_erikalee) September 1, 2015
The book outlines, among most ideas, that Asian Americans and their respective histories in the United States are overlooked and rather unknown. Lee further expands the idea of the contribution of anti-Asian and anti-immigration movements and their lasting effects on the history of Asian Americans in the U.S.
“Over the years, our histories have expanded to include consideration of anti-Asian movements … expanding to anti-immigrant movements, both past and present,” she wrote. One particular topic Lee discusses in her book is the modern-day “place” that Asian Americans hold in the U.S. “There’s this great diversity within the community. There are the ‘model minorities,’ and there are those who are living in intergenerational poverty.”
Lee hopes that her book makes people really think about where they, as Asian Americans, are today’s modern United States.