Asian American Community Organization: Annotated Bibliography
Chan, Sucheng. “Asian Americans: An Interpretive History” The Social Organization of Asian Immigrant Communities. (1991): 63-78. Print.
With many exclusionary laws that hindered the arrival of Asian immigrants to the United States, the Chinese immigrants that were already here needed to learn how to survive amongst themselves. The ability to form associations enabled Asians to carve a place for themselves in a host society that did not welcome them. (Chan 63) By forming these social organization, they allowed Asian immigrant to feel they have a common place where they are welcomed and be provided assistance if needed. Chan also in the chapter mentions the Six Chinese Companies, which consisted of six existing associations in California and their job was “to adjudicate quarrels among members of the different associations”. (65) Chan does a good job giving descriptive background information of the historical associations, family clans, tongs that existed in Asian enclaves, whose their purpose was to serve the people when the host society saw them as yellow peril.
Singh, Jane. The Gadar Party: Political Expression in an Immigrant Community. Rutgers University Press, 2004. Print
Would you form a nationalist revolution party if your homeland country were under colonial domination? This was exactly the mission of the overseas Asian Indians who formed the Gadar Party. Unhappy with the British domination over India, Har Dayal and members of the Gadar Party called for a revolution to end British control over India. Through their publication called Gadar, they voice their revolutionary message, which was printed in Urdu, and in Gurumukhi throughout Indian immigrant communities in the Americas, Europe, and parts of Asia. (Singh 38) Dayal informed his members that soon Germany would engage war with Britain and urged the people to return home at this time to launch revolution. (Singh 40)...