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The Forbidden Book: The Philippine-american War in Political Cartoons
Abe Ignacio, Enrique de la Cruz, Jorge Emmanuel & Helen Toribio, T-Boli Publishing, 2004.

The Spanish-American War of 1898 lasted six months and cost 2,446 lives. It is featured prominently in all U.S. history textbooks. The Philippine-American War of 1899-1914 lasted 15 years and killed at least 100,000 people. It is hardly mentioned even in college-level history texts and has been all but erased from the U.S. public memory.

 

Race, Rights and the Asian American Experience

Angelo N. Ancheta, Rutgers University Press, 2006

The book’s central argument is straightforward. Existing civil rights law is predicated on a binary model of “race relations” that can satisfactorily address neither the historical experiences of Asian Americans nor their contemporary legal and political circumstances, particularly the challenges wrought by continuing Asian immigration. “When questions of civil rights move beyond a black-white dichotomy,” Ancheta writes, “rights and remedies become problematic and Asian Americans are often left without the full protection of the law” (13). In particular, the unique kind of racism faced by Asian Americans — fueled by nativism, xenophobia, linguistic differences, or in a different vein by the model minority myth — is not seen by the law as subject to civil rights protection, hence leaving Asian Americans distinctly vulnerable as a racial(ized) group.

 

Race, Rights and Reparation: Law of the Japanese American Internment
Eric K. Yamamoto, Margaret Chon, Carol L. Izumi, and Frank H. Wu, Aspen Publishers, Inc., 2001.

A critical exploration of the legal, ethical, and social ramifications of the internment of Japanese American citizens during World War II and the successful reparations movement of the1980s.

 

Strangers from a Different Shore: A History of Asian Americans
Revised Edition, Ronald Takaki, Little, Brown
and Company, 1998.

A comprehensive history of Asian Americans that reveals the hidden story behind the myth of the “model minority.”

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