Publication Date: April 30, 2024
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Ages 10 And Up, Grades 5 And Up
“Moving, educational, and engaging—what history for middle graders must be.” —Ibram X. Kendi, #1 New York Times bestselling author From three-time Newbery Honoree Christina Soontornvat and award-winning historian Erika Lee comes a middle-grade nonfiction that shines a light on the generations of Asian Americans who have transformed the United States and who continue to shape what it means to be American today.
Asian American history is not made up of one single story. It’s many. And it’s a story that too often goes untold. It begins centuries before America even exists as a nation. It is connected to the histories of Western conquest and colonialism. It’s a story of migration; of people and families crossing the Pacific Ocean in search of escape, opportunity, and new beginnings.It is also the story of race and racism. Of being labeled an immigrant invasion, unfit to become citizens, and being banned, deported, and incarcerated. Of being blamed for bringing diseases into the country.And it is a story of bravery and hope. It is the story of heroes who fought for equality in the courts, on the streets, and in the schools, and who continue to fight in solidarity with others doing the same.An adaptation of Erika Lee's award-winning The Making of Asian America, this book is a stirring account of the ordinary people and extraordinary acts that made Asian America and the young people who are remaking America today.
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