Far East, Down South: Asians in the American South by Raymond A. MohlFar East, Down South: Asians in the American South by Raymond A. Mohl

Far East, Down South: Asians in the American South

EditorRaymond A. Mohl, John E. Van Sant, Chizuru Saeki

Hardcover | October 25, 2016

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In sharp contrast to the “melting pot” reputation of the United States, the American South—with its history of slavery, Jim Crow, and the civil rights movement—has been perceived in stark and simplistic demographic terms. In Far East, Down South, editors Raymond A. Mohl, John E. Van Sant, and Chizuru Saeki provide a collection of essential essays that restores and explores an overlooked part of the South’s story—that of Asian immigration to the region.
These essays form a comprehensive overview of key episodes and issues in the history of Asian immigrants to the South. During Reconstruction, southern entrepreneurs experimented with the replacement of slave labor with Chinese workers. As in the West, Chinese laborers played a role in the development of railroads. Japanese farmers also played a more widespread role than is usually believed. Filipino sailors recruited by the US Navy in the early decades of the twentieth century often settled with their families in the vicinity of naval ports such as Corpus Christi, Biloxi, and Pensacola. Internment camps brought Japanese Americans to Arkansas. Marriages between American servicemen and Japanese, Korean, Filipina, Vietnamese, and nationals in other theaters of war created many thousands of blended families in the South. In recent decades, the South is the destination of internal immigration as Asian Americans spread out from immigrant enclaves in West Coast and Northeast urban areas.
Taken together, the book’s essays document numerous fascinating themes: the historic presence of Asians in the South dating back to the mid-nineteenth century; the sources of numerous waves of contemporary Asian immigration to the South; and the steady spread of Asians out from the coastal port cities. Far East, Down South adds a vital new dimension to popular understanding of southern history.
Raymond A. Mohl was a distinguished professor of history at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is the author of Poverty in New York, 1783-1825 and the founding editor of the Journal of Urban History.John E. Van Sant is the author of Pacific Pioneers: Japanese Journeys to America and Hawaii, 1850-80, the editor of Mori Arinori'...
Title:Far East, Down South: Asians in the American SouthFormat:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:October 25, 2016Publisher:University of Alabama PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:081731914X

ISBN - 13:9780817319144


Editorial Reviews

"Collectively, the essays make a compelling argument for a distinctive Southern Asian American history for early to mid-twentieth-century Chinese and Japanese Americans: an ‘in between’ status of honorary and probationary whites who enjoyed some white privileges while pursuing ethnic-niche businesses that underlined the immigrant generation's lack of access to full mobility." —Lisa Rose Mar, author of Brokering Belonging: Chinese in Canada’s Exclusion Era, 1885–1945