Crossing East Bibliography

See individual program pages for recommended research materials.

Barlow, Jeffrey and Christine Richardson. China Doctor of John Day. Portland, Oregon: Binford and Mort, 1979.

Bartlett, Therese. When You Were Born in Vietnam: A Memory Book for Children Adopted from Vietnam. St. Paul, Minnesota: Yeong & Yeong Book Company, 2001.

Bautista, Veltisezar. The Filipino Americans from 1763 to the Present: Their History, Culture, and Traditions. Naperville, Illinois: Bookhaus Publishers, July 1998.

Bishoff, Tonya and Jo Rankin, eds. Seeds from a Silent Tree: An Anthology By Korean Adoptees. San Diego, California: Pandal Press, 3rd edition, 1997.

Borja-Mamaril, Concordia R. and Tyrone Lim. Filipino Americans: Pioneers to the Present. Portland, Oregon: Filipino American National Historical Society, 2000.

Buchholdt, Thelma. Filipinos in Alaska: 1788-1958. Anchorage: Aboriginal Press, 1996.

Chinese Women of America: A Pictorial History, University of Washington Press, 1986.

Chan, Sucheng, ed. Not Just Victims: Conversations with Cambodian Community Leaders in the United States. Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2003.

Chan, Sucheng. Asian Americans: An Interpretive History. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1991.

Cheng, Lucie and Edna Boncich, eds. Labor Immigration Under Capitalism: Asian Workers in the United States Before World War II. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1984.

Chin, Thomas W., ed. A History of the Chinese in California: A Syllabus. San Francisco: The Chinese Historical Society of America, 1975.

Cordova, Fred. Filipinos, Forgotten Asian Americans: a Pictorial Essay, 1763-circa 1963. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co, 1983.

Cox, Susan Soon-Keum, ed. Voices from Another Place: A collection of works from a generation born in Korea and adopted to other countries. St. Paul, Minnesota: Yeong & Yeong Book Company, 1999.

Divakaruni, Chitra Banerjee. Arranged Marriage. New York: Anchor Books, Doubleday, 1995.

Duc, Nguyen Qui. Where the Ashes Are: The Odyssey of a Vietnamese Family. Menlo Park, California: Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, 1991.

Duus, Masayo Umezawa. The Japanese Conspiracy: The Oahu Sugar Strike of 1920. Trans.Beth Cary. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1994.

Friday, Chris. Organizing Asian American Labor: The Pacific Coast Canned-Salmon Industry, 1870-1942. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1994.

Fry, Ying Ying, with Amy Klatzkin. Kids Like Me in China. St. Paul, Minnesota: Yeong & Yeong Book Company, 2001.

Fuchs, Lawrence H. Hawaii Pono, A Social History: The 50th State, Its People and Politics, From Annexation to Statehood. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc., 1961.

Glick, Clarence E. Sojourners and Settlers: Chinese Migrants in Hawaii. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1980.  x–xi, 12, 18, 23

Hing, Bill Ong. Making and Remaking Asian America Through Immigration Policy, 1850-1990.  Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1993.

Hing, Bill Ong. “Refugee Policy and Cultural Identity: In the Voice of Hmong and Iu Mien Young Adults,” Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal, Vol. 1, Issue 1.

Hing, Bill Ong. To Be an American: Cultural Pluralism and the Rhetoric of Assimilation. New York: New York University Press, 1997.

Houston, Velina Hasu, ed. The Politics of Life: Four Plays by Asian American Women. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1993.

Houston, Velina Hasu, ed. But Still, Like Air, I’ll Rise: New Asian American Plays. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1997.

Hyung, June Moon “The First Attempt to Obtain Korean Laborers for Hawaii, 1896-1897.” The Korean Diaspora Ed. Hung-chan Kim. Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio, 1977.

Jensen, Joan M. Passage from India: Asian Indian Immigrants in North America. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1988.


Kalita, S. Mitra. Suburban Sahibs: Three Immigrant Families and Their Passage from India to America. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 2004.

Kessler, Lauren. Stubborn Twig: Three Generations in the Life of a Japanese American Family. New York: Random House, 1993.

Kim, Elizabeth. Ten Thousand Sorrows: The Extraordinary Journey of a Korean War Orphan.  New York: Doubleday, 1992.

Kingston, Maxine Hong. China Men.  New York: Vintage International, Random House, 1989.

Kingston, Maxine Hong. The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts. New York: Vintage International, 1989.

Kingston, Maxine Hong. Tripmaster Monkey: His Fake Book. New York: Vintage International, 1990.

Klatzkin, Amy, ed.. A Passage to the Heart: Writings from Families with Children from China. St. Paul, Minnesota: Yeong & Yeong Book Company, 1999.

Kwon, Brenda L. Beyond Ke'eaumoku: Koreans, Nationalism, and Local Culture in Hawai'i (Asian Americans: Reconceptualizing Culture, History, Politics) Garland Publishing, 1999.

Lai, Him Mark, Genny Lim, and Judy Yung. Poetry and History of Chinese Immigrants on Angel Island-1910-1940. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1980.

Lai, Him Mark. Becoming Chinese American: A History of Communities and Institutions. Walnut Creek, California: Alta Mira Press, 2004.

Le Espiritu, Yen. Filipino American Lives. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1995.

Leong, Russell C., ed. “Vietnamese Americans: Diaspora & Dimensions” Amerasia Journal, Vol. 29, Num. 1. Los Angeles: University of California, Asian American Studies Center Press, 2003.

Lim, Genny. Paper Angels & Bitter Cane: Two Plays.  Hawaii: Kalamaku Press, 1991.

Louie, Miriam Ching Yoon. Sweatshop Warriors: Immigrant Women Workers Take On the Global Factory. Cambridge: South End Press, 2001.

Maira, Sunaina and Rajini Srikanth, eds. Contours of the Heart: South Asians Map North America. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1996.

Martin, Mildred Crowl. Chinatown’s Angry Angel: The Story of Donaldina Cameron. Palo Alto, California: Pacific Books, Publishers, 1977.

McCunn, Ruthanne Lum. Chinese American Portraits: Personal Histories 1828-1988. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1988.

Miyakawa, Edward. Tule Lake. Waldport, Oregon: House by the Sea Publishing Company, 1979.

Nakano, Mei. Japanese American Women: Three Generations, 1890-1990. Berkeley: Mina Press Publishing and National Japanese American Historical Society, 1991.

Ng, Franklin, ed. Adoption, Acculturation and Transnational Ties Among Asian Americans: Asians in America: The Peoples of East, Southeast, and South Asia in American Life and Culture. Garland Publishing, 1998.

Nguyen-Hong-Nhiem, Lucy and Joel M. Halpern, eds. The Far East Comes Near: Autobiographical Accounts of Southeast Asian Students in America. University of Massachusetts Press, 1989.

Okihiro, Gary Y. Common Ground: Reimagining American History. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2001.

Okihiro, Gary Y. Cane Fires: the Anti-Japanese Movement in Hawaii, 1865-1945. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1991.

Parrenas, Rhacel Salazar.  Servants of Globalization: Women, Migration, and Domestic Work. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, 2001.

Sakoda, Kent and Jeff Siegel. Pidgin Grammar: An Introduction to the Creole Language of Hawai’i. Honolulu, Hawaii: Bess Press, 2003.

See, Lisa. On Gold Mountain: The One-Hundred Year Odyssey of a Chinese-American Family. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1995.

Shimabukuro, Roberts Sadamu. Born in Seattle: The Campaign for Japanese American Redress. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2001.

Takaki, Ronald. Pau Hana: Plantation Life and Labor in Hawaii. University of Hawaii Press, 1983.

Takaki, Ronald. A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America. Boston: Little, Brown & Company, 1993.

Takaki, Ronald. Strangers From a Different Shore: A History of Asian Americans. New York: Back Bay Books, Little, Brown and Company, 1998.

Takaki, Ronald. Strangers At the Gates Again: Asian American Immigration After 1965. Rebecca Stefoff, Adapt. New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 1995.

Tamura, Linda. The Hood River Issei: An Oral History of Japanese Settlers in Oregon’s Hood River Valley. Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1993.

Tchen, John Kuo Wei. New York Before Chinatown: Orientalism and the Shaping of American Culture 1776-1882. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999.

Tchen, John Kuo Wei. Genthe’s Photographs of San Francisco’s Old Chinatown. New York: Dover, Inc., 1984.

Vo, Linda Trinh and Rick Bonus, eds. Contemporary Asian American Communities: Intersections and Divergences. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2002.

Watanabe, Sylvia. Talking to the Dead. New York: Doubleday, 1992.

Willcox, Don. Hmong Folklife. Hmong Natural Association of North Carolina, 1986.

Winter, Frank H. The Filipinos in America (In America Books). Publications Company, 1991.

Yep, Laurence. Dragon’s Gate. New York: Harper Collins, 1993.

Yep, Laurence. Dragonwings: Their Dream was to Fly. New York: Harper Collins, 1975.

Yuh Yuh, Ji-Yeon. Beyond the Shadow of Camptown: Korean Military Brides in America. New York: New York University Press, 2004.

Yung, Judy. Unbound Voices: A Documentary History of Chinese Women in San Francisco. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999.

Yung, Judy. Unbound Feet: A Social History of Chinese Women in San Francisco. San Francisco: University of California Press, 1995.

Zhao, Xiaojian. Remaking Chinese America: Immigration, Family, and Community, 1940—1965.  Rutgers University Press, 2002.

Zia, Helen. American Dreams:  The Emergence of An American People. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2000.


Tien Rong by Jeffrey Barlow http://mcel.pacificu.edu/mcel/barlow/TR2/tianrong2/tianrong2.htm

Hawaii and API History by Bill Ong Hing


Chai, Alice Yun, "Women’s History in Public: ‘Picture Brides’ of   Hawaii," Women’s Studies Quarterly 1 & 2 (1988):51-63. Examines the           working lives of first Korean and Japanese immigrant women in Hawai‘i.

Recent immigration from the Philippines & Filipino, Communities in the US,by Allen, James P. Geographical Review 76 (1977):195-208.


Aquino, Belinda A. "Filipino women workers in Hawaii," Filipinas 1,1 (1980):81-95.


Liu, John Mei., "Cultivating Cane: Asian Labor and the Hawaiian Sugar Plantation System within the Capitalist World Economy, 1835-1920," Ph.D. dissertation, University of California, Los Angeles, 1985. Asian immigrant labor struggles on Hawaiian sugar plantations. http://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/aasc/classweb/winter02/aas197a/ltonpart1.html

Char, Tin-yuke and Wai Jane Char, "The First Chinese Contract Laborers in Hawaii, 1852," Hawaiian Journal of History 9 (1975). Examination of working lives of first Chinese immigrants in Hawai‘i.  http://www.hup.harvard.edu/reviews/ABEBLU_R.html

SA-EE-GU: A Defining Moment for Korean American Diaspora

By K. W. Lee  http://www.saigu.com/kw_article4.htm

Vietnamese Americans: Diaspora & Dimensions, a special 280-page issue of 

AMERASIA JOURNAL (29:1), edited by Professor Linda Vo.

Blue Dreams: Korean Americans and the Los Angeles Riotsby Nancy Abelmann, John Lie


The Great Hawaii Dock Strike, Dir. Joy Chong-Stannard.  Rice & Roses: The University of Hawaii Center for Labor Education & Research, 1999.

The 171 day strike challenged the colonial wage pattern whereby Hawai'i workers received significantly lower pay than their West Coast counterparts.  Interviews with Ah Quon McElrath, Bud Smyser, Henry Walker, Jr., Mamoru Yamasaki, Senator Inouye and many of the striking longshoremen, including Joe Kahapea, Joe Kahee, Herman Kila, Levi Kealoha.

Getting Somewheres. Dir. Joy Chong. Rice & Roses: The University of Hawaii Center for Labor Education & Research, 1998.

Dramatization of the oral histories of Hawai'i working women, produced on location at Hawaii's Plantation Village in Waipahu.

1946: The Great Hawaii Sugar Strike. Rice & Roses: The University of Hawaii Center for Labor Education & Research, 1996.

About twenty six thousand sugar workers and their families, 76 thousand people in all, began a 79-day strike on September 1, 1946 that completely shut down 33 of Hawai'i's 34 plantations. Produced 50 years after this landmark strike this program shows how it forever changed the islands economically, politically, and socially ushering in a new era of participatory democracy both on the plantations and throughout Hawai'i's political and social institutions. The show features an array of never-before-seen photos, artifacts and interviews with surviving strikers, their relatives and friends from all the islands who organized the food-kitchens and support committees.

Brothers Under the Skin. Based on The Hilo Massacre: Hawaii's Bloody Monday August 1st, 1938 by Puette. Rice & Roses: The University of Hawaii Center for Labor Education & Research, 1989. 

Dramatization of Hilo Longshoreman Harry Kamoku's struggle to organize a dockworkers union, including a recreation of the shooting on August 1st.

Hole Hole Bushi: Songs of the Canefield.Rice & Roses: The University of Hawaii Center for Labor Education & Research, 1984.

Hole hole is Hawaiian for the dead leaf of sugar cane, and bushi is the Japanese word for song. Dr. Franklin Odo, of the University of Hawai'i's Ethnic Studies Program, and Honolulu music teacher Harry Urata go on location to interview oldtimers who share their songs and histories.

Introduction to the History of Hawaiian Labor, Parts 1, 2, & 3. Rice & Roses: The University of Hawaii Center for Labor Education & Research, 1974.

Part one explores the rapid changes in Hawaiian economy from the time of European contact up to 1909. Part two, from 1909 to the start of World War II, examines the years of inflation, low wages and organized management opposition to unionization. Part three, from World War II – 1974, looks at the growing influences of organized working people as evidenced through worker-related legislation.

Memory Lane. Rice & Roses: The University of Hawaii Center for Labor Education & Research, 1987.

Two segments: the first features first railroad workers' recollections of the early days of locomotives used at Kaua'i sugar plantations, the second features interviews by Barabara Kawakami of a carpenter, a seamstress and four Japanese women who were former sugar workers in Waipahu recalling the 1920 Sugar Strike.

Picture Brides.Rice & Roses: The University of Hawaii Center for Labor Education & Research, 1986.

Japanese, Korean and Okinawan plantation workers in Hawai'i arranged marriages with women back in their homelands whom they had never met.  This video, with University of Hawai'i's Alice Chai and Barbara Kawakami, explored the courage, wisdom and humor with which the women faced their arranged marriages and the way they established new lives in Hawai'i.

Plantation Days, Parts 1 & 2.Rice & Roses: The University of Hawaii Center for Labor Education & Research, 1984.

Three noted experts on Hawai'i's history discuss the past: Ron Takaki, author of Pau Hana, Plantation Life and Labor in Hawai'i; Ed Beechert, University of Hawai'i History professor; and Ethnic Studies expert Franklin Odo. They don't always agree in this sometimes heated debate.

Working People of Lana’i. Rice & Roses: The University of Hawaii Center for Labor Education & Research, 1983.

The island of Lana’i is almost entirely owned by the Dole Pineapple Company, and the majority of the islanders work in the pineapple fields.  Today they are some of the most well-paid laborers in the world, but it was not always so.  Through interviews, many older workers describe how the island came together to demand greater pay and social dignity.

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