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ASIAN AMERICAN STUDIES

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THE CIVIL WAR AND THE SOCIAL REVOLUTION THAT TRANSFORMED THE SOUTH
Written by BRUCE LEVINE

Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 04/01/2014

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-97872-8

To read the author’s essay about The Fall of the House of Dixie: Ammending Civil War Narrative and request a free review copy of the book, go to: http://tiny.cc/u1rqrw

In this major new history of the Civil War, Bruce Levine tells the riveting story of how that conflict upended the economic, political, and social life of the old South, utterly destroying the Confederacy and the society it represented and defended. Told through the words of the people who lived it, The Fall of the House of...

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Written by CHARLEY ROSEN

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

On Sale: 03/11/2014

Price: $14.95

ISBN: 978-1-609-80545-6

Sammy Wong, All-American tells the tale of a very talented Asian basketball player’s rise and stumble in the all-American sport of basketball—among the most international of team sports, yet one where until very recently Asians were completely unrepresented. The novel unwinds in spectacular fashion. On his high school, college, and professional teams, Sammy isn’t given much of a chance. Then when he does get into games, he turns out to be the kind of player who can turn a losing team into a...

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A MEMOIR
Written by DEBORAH JIANG-STEIN

Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 03/04/2014

Price: $14.00

ISBN: 978-0-807-09810-3

Prison Baby is a revised and substantially expanded version of Deborah Jiang Stein’s self-published memoir, Even Tough Girls Wear Tutus. Even at twelve years old, Deborah, the adopted daughter of a progressive Jewish couple in Seattle, felt like an outsider. Her mixed Asian features set her apart from her white, well-intentioned parents who evaded questions about her past. But when she discovered a letter revealing the truth of her prison birth to a heroin-addicted mother—and that she spent...

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THE SOUL OF INEQUALITY IN AMERICAN LIFE

Format: Trade Paperback, 310 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 03/04/2014

Price: $18.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68313-2

Most people assume that racism grows from a perception of human difference: the fact of race gives rise to the practice of racism. Sociologist Karen E. Fields and historian Barbara J. Fields argue otherwise: the practice of racism produces the illusion of race, through what they call “racecraft.” And this phenomenon is intimately entwined with other forms of inequality in American life. So pervasive are the devices of racecraft in American history, economic doctrine, politics, and everyday...

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SECRETS OF THE EXTRAORDINARY SUCCESS OF ASIAN-AMERICAN KIDS
Written by QUANYU HUANG

Format: Trade Paperback, 270 pages

Publisher: Prometheus Books

On Sale: 02/11/2014

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-1-616-14851-5

Why do Asian and Asian-American students consistently perform so well on standardized tests? Why are students of Asian descent disproportionately admitted to America’s top colleges?

This informative and entertainingly written comparison of educational methods in America and China answers these questions and more, while assessing the strengths and weaknesses of each culture’s distinctly different education systems. Education expert Quanyu Huang notes that both Asian and Asian American students...

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AN ARCHIVE OF ANTI-ASIAN FEAR

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 02/11/2014

Price: $29.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68123-7

The “yellow peril” is one of the most long-standing and pervasive racist ideas in Western culture–indeed, this book traces its history to the Enlightenment era. Yet while Fu Manchu evokes a fading historical memory, yellow peril ideology persists, animating, for example, campaign commercials from the 2012 presidential election. Yellow Peril! is the first comprehensive repository of anti-Asian images and writing, pop culture artifacts and political polemic.

Written by two leading scholars and...

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A GRAPHIC NOVEL
Written by SEAN MICHAEL WILSON
Illustrated by AKIKO SHIMOJIMA

Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages

Publisher: Shambhala

On Sale: 11/05/2013

Price: $14.95

ISBN: 978-1-611-80137-8

In the eighteenth century, forty-seven samurai avenged the death of their master in a plot that would take over two years to complete. After succeeding in their mission, the masterless samurai–known as ronin–all committed ritual suicide. The story, which is a national legend, remains the most potent example of Japan’s deeply rooted cultural imperative of honor, persistence, loyalty, and sacrifice.
    
The historical event has inspired many writers and artists over the years and numerous...

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Written by YU HUA
Translator ALLAN H. BARR

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 08/21/2012

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-73979-7

From one of China’s most acclaimed writers: a unique, intimate look at the Chinese experience over the last several decades.

Framed by ten phrases common in the Chinese vernacular, China in Ten Words uses personal stories and astute analysis to reveal as never before the world’s most populous yet oft-misunderstood nation. In "Disparity," for example, Yu Hua illustrates the expanding gaps that separate citizens of the country. In "Copycat," he depicts the escalating trend of piracy and...

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HOW NORTH KOREANS SEE THEMSELVES AND WHY IT MATTERS
Written by B.R. MYERS

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages

Publisher: Melville House

On Sale: 12/20/2011

Price: $21.99

ISBN: 978-1-935-55434-9

Understanding North Korea through its propaganda

What do the North Koreans really believe? How do they see themselves and the world around them?

Here B.R. Myers, a North Korea analyst and a contributing editor of The Atlantic, presents the first full-length study of the North Korean worldview. Drawing on extensive research into the regime’s domestic propaganda, including films, romance novels and other artifacts of the personality cult, Myers analyzes each of the country’s official myths in...

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A LIFE OF HENRY AARON
Written by HOWARD BRYANT

Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 05/03/2011

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-27992-7

In the thirty-four years since his retirement, Henry (Hank) Aaron’s reputation has only grown in magnitude. But his influence extends beyond statistics, and at long last here is the first definitive biography of one of baseball’s immortal figures.

Based on meticulous research and extensive interviews The Last Hero reveals how Aaron navigated the upheavals of his time—fighting against racism while at the same time benefiting from racial progress—and how he achieved his goal of continuing...

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A FAMILY'S JOURNEY
Written by GB TRAN

Format: Hardcover, 288 pages

Publisher: Villard

On Sale: 01/25/2011

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-0-345-50872-0

A TIME Magazine Top Ten Graphic Memoir of All Time
A 2011 School Library Journal "Best Adult Book 4 Teens"
A 2011 Library Journal Best Graphic Novel

Selected for common reading at Davidson College


A superb new graphic memoir in which an inspired artist/storyteller reveals the road that brought his family to where they are today: Vietnamerica

GB Tran is a young Vietnamese American artist who grew up distant from (and largely indifferent to) his family’s history. Born and raised in South Carolina...

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OBSERVATIONS ON NOT FITTING IN
Written by PAISLEY REKDAL

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 04/09/2002

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-0-375-70855-8

When you come from a mixed race background as Paisley Rekdal does — her mother is Chinese American and her father is Norwegian– thorny issues of identity politics, and interracial desire are never far from the surface. Here in this hypnotic blend of personal essay and travelogue, Rekdal journeys throughout Asia to explore her place in a world where one’s “appearance is the deciding factor of one’s ethnicity.”

In her soul-searching voyage, she teaches English in South Korea where her native...

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