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Strangers from a Different Shore

Strangers from a Different Shore

Author: Ronald Takaki

Year Published: 1989

Description: In Strangers from a Different Shore: A History of Asian Americans, author Ronald Takaki— whose grandfather himself left native Japan to work in the cane fields of Hawaii in the late 19th century—weaves historical research and personal testimony to document the different waves of Asian immigration to the U.S. and Asian-Americans' lives and livelihoods. Published in 1989, it is widely considered a primer on Asian-American history and sheds significant light on the labor force gaps filled by Asian Americans from the 1830s to the 1980s.

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'As I grew up, I did not know why families representing such an array of nationalities from different shores were living together and sharing their cultures and a common language. My teachers and textbooks did not explain the diversity of our community or the sources of our unity.'

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