Margins and Mainstreams

Asians in American History and Culture

Gary Y. Okihiro

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  • Published: 1994
  • Subject Listing: Asian American Studies
    Western history
  • Bibliographic information: 216 pp., notes, bibliog., index
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In a thoughtful and stimulating contribution to the current debate about the meaning to the larger society of multiculturalism, Gary Okihiro explores the significance of Asian Americans in American history and culture. In six provocative and engaging essays he examines the Asian American experience from the perspectives of historical consciousness, race, gender, class, and culture.

While exploring anew the meanings of Asian American social history, the book argues that the core values and ideals of the nation emanate today not from the so-called mainstream but from the margins, from among Asian and African Americans, Latinos and American Indians, and women. Those groups in their struggles for equality, have helped to preserve and advance the founders’ ideals and have made America a more democratic place for all.

Gary Y. Okihiro is associate professor of history and director of the Asian American Studies Program at Cornell University.

When and Where I Enter?
Is Yellow Black or White?
Recentering Women
Family Album history
Perils of the Body and Mind
Margin as Mainstream

“A concise, highly readable, and state-of-the-art reflection on Asian American history by one of its leading scholars.”—Western Historical Quarterly

“A convenient summary that deftly synthesizes recent scholarship exploring the intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, class, and culture among Asian Americans in the U.S. This stimulating and sophisticated treatment, written by a mature scholar, is well worth reading.”—Choice