Asians in Colorado: A History of Persecution and Perseverance in the Centennial State

Hardcover | March 24, 2016

byWilliam Wei

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Providing the most comprehensive examination to date of Asians in the Centennial State, William Wei addresses a wide range of experiences, from anti-Chinese riots in late nineteenth-century Denver to the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans at the Amache concentration camp to the more recent influx of Southeast Asian refugees and South Asian tech professionals. Drawing on a wealth of historical sources, Wei reconstructs what life was like for the early Chinese and Japanese pioneers, and he pays special attention to the different challenges faced by those in urban versus rural areas. The result is a groundbreaking approach that helps us better understand how Asians survived?and thrived?in an often hostile environment.

Offering a fresh perspective on how cycles of persecution are repeated, Wei reveals how the treatment of Asian Americans resonates with the experiences of other marginalized groups in American society. His study sheds light not only on the Asian American experience but also on the development of Colorado and the greater American West.

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Providing the most comprehensive examination to date of Asians in the Centennial State, William Wei addresses a wide range of experiences, from anti-Chinese riots in late nineteenth-century Denver to the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans at the Amache concentration camp to the more recent influx of Southeast Asian refuge...

William Wei is professor of history at the University of Colorado. He is the author of The Asian American Movement.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:March 24, 2016Publisher:UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON PRESSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0295995432

ISBN - 13:9780295995434

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Providing the most comprehensive examination to date of Asians in the Centennial State, William Wei addresses a wide range of experiences, from anti-Chinese riots in late nineteenth-century Denver to the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans at the Amache concentration camp to the more recent influx of Southeast Asian refugees and South Asian tech professionals. Drawing on a wealth of historical sources, Wei reconstructs what life was like for the early Chinese and Japanese pioneers, and he pays special attention to the different challenges faced by those in urban versus rural areas. The result is a groundbreaking approach that helps us better understand how Asians survived?and thrived?in an often hostile environment.Offering a fresh perspective on how cycles of persecution are repeated, Wei reveals how the treatment of Asian Americans resonates with the experiences of other marginalized groups in American society. His study sheds light not only on the Asian American experience but also on the development of Colorado and the greater American West.No one is more qualified than William Wei to write a history of the Asian American experience in Colorado. Asians in Colorado tells a good, coherent story by weaving many captivating episodes and interesting incidents into the grand narrative. - Liping Zhu, author of The Road to Chinese Exclusion: The Denver Riot, 1880 Election, and the Rise of the West