New Books Network

Jane H. Hong, “Gates to Asia: A Transpacific History of How America Repealed Asian Exclusion” (UNC Press, 2019)
Over the course of less than a century, the U.S. transformed from a nation that excluded Asians from immigration and citizenship to one that receives more immigrants from Asia than from anywhere else in the world. Yet questions of how that dramatic shift took place have long gone unanswered. In... Read More
Great Books: Ava Chin on Kingston’s “The Woman Warrior”
What stories should we remember, and which ones are we forced to forget? What if we discover a truth from the past that shaped us even though we didn’t know it? Maxine Hong Kingston’s 1975 masterpiece, The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts, transformed American literature by adding... Read More
Charlotte Brooks, “American Exodus: Second-Generation Chinese Americans in China, 1901–1949” (U California Press, 2019)
Between 1901 and World War II, up to half of all U.S.-born Chinese Americans relocated to China in search of better lives due to the discrimination they faced in the United States. Charlotte Brooks tells the story of these emigres in American Exodus: Second-Generation Chinese Americans in China, 1901–1949 (University... Read More
Perla Guerrero, “Nuevo South: Asians, Latinas/os, and the Remaking of Place” (U Texas Press, 2017)
Perla Guerrero is the author of Nuevo South: Asians, Latinas/os, and the Remaking of Place (University of Texas Press, 2017). Nuevo South explores the history of an ever diversifying U.S. South by examining the mixed reactions refugees, immigrants, and migrants, from different countries, received in Arkansas in the latter half... Read More
Steven White, “World War II and American Racial Politics: Public Opinion, the Presidency, and Civil Rights Advocacy” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
World War II played an important role in the trajectory of race and American political development, but the War’s effects were much more complex than many assume. In order to unpack these complexities and mine underutilized sources of public opinion data, Steven White had written World War II and American... Read More
Jason Bayani, “Locus” (Omnidawn Publishing, 2019)
“Poetry gave me back a way to find my culture, my history,” says Jason Bayani, discussing his new book Locus (Omnidawn Publishing 2019), which blends memoir and poetry into a stunning exploration of fragmented identities and the Pilipinx-American experience. Drawing inspiration from hip-hop and delving into the knotted complexity of... Read More
Dean Itsuji Saranillio, “Unsustainable Empire: Alternative Histories of Hawai‘i Statehood” (Duke UP, 2018)
In Unsustainable Empire: Alternative Histories of Hawai‘i Statehood (Duke University Press, 2018), Dean Itsuji Saranillio offers a bold challenge to conventional understandings of Hawai‘i’s admission as a U.S. state. Hawai‘i statehood is popularly remembered as a civil rights victory against racist claims that Hawai‘i was undeserving of statehood because it... Read More