A place called Chinese America / Diane Mei Lin Mark and Ginger Chih. At America's gates : Chinese immigration during the exclusion era, 1882-1943 / Erika Lee. The Chinese experience in America / Shih-shan Henry Tsai. The Chinese in America : a narrative history / Iris Chang. The Chinese / C.J. Shane. Claiming America : constructing Chinese American identities during the exclusion era / K. Scott Wong and Sucheng Chan.
Mountain of gold : the story of the Chinese in America / Betty Lee Sung. Unbound voices : a documentary history of Chinese women in San Francisco / Judy Yung
If you need additional sources, use the subject headings listed in the orientation handout. The Library has many other books on your topic!
Books on the Chinese way of life (mainland China) – which may not have changed much since the 19th century – might help you understand the culture that the early Chinese settlers brought with them to California.
Example: Encountering the Chinese: A Guide for Americans
DS721.H71114 1999 (Library, 4th floor)
The Library also has family histories of the Chinese Americans, for example,
On Gold Mountain. F870.C5S44 1995 (Library, 4th floor)
Websites on Chinese American History Ancestors in the Americas
A PBS production (1998) shows the history and legacy of early Asian immigration to the Americas, from the 1700s to the 1900s. Click on “Programs” to start and then explore the various Web pages and links.
Angel Island Immigration Station
Angel Island was the entry point for Asian immigrants to California in the 19th century and is thus the West Coast equivalent of Ellis Island.
Museum of the City of San Francisco
This page from the site’s index provides links to original documents and illustrations in the Museum that deal with the Chinese experience in San Francisco.
This companion site to a PBS show on San Francisco’s Chinatown features a short history as well as suggestions for class projects.
Chinese Historical Society of Southern California
Click on “Historical timeline” for highlights of Chinese American history, then on “19th Century Shrine” which focuses on how the Chinese in Los Angeles suffered from discrimination even in death.
Selected Library Books on Mexican American History (Library, 4th floor) E184.M5G34 2002 The Mexican Americans / Alma M. Garcia
E184.M5G645 2003 A century of Chicano history : empire, nations, and migration / Gilbert G. Gonzalez, Raul A. Fernandez
E184.M5M456 1993 Mexican Americans, American Mexicans : from Conquistadors to Chicanos / Matt S. Meier and Feliciano Ribera
E184.M5M49 2005 The Mexicans / C.J. Shane
E184.S75D85 1998 The Spanish speakers in the United States : a history / Peter J. Duignan and L.H. Gann
F790.M5M37 2001 Mexican-origin people in the United States : a topical history / Oscar J. Martínez
F869.L89A253 2001 A world of its own : race, labor, and citrus in the making of greater Los Angeles, 1900-1970 / Matt García
HD1525.C63 1971 "Wetbacks" and braceros: Mexican migrant laborers and American immigration policy, 1930-1960
HD1527.C2G84 1994 Mexican workers and American dreams : immigration, repatriation, and California farm labor, 1900-1939 / Camille Guerin-Gonzales
HD6509.C48F47 1997 The fight in the fields : Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers movement / Susan Ferriss and Ricardo Sandoval
JV6471.P67 2001 Legacies : the story of the immigrant second generation / Alejandro Portes, Rubén G. Rumbaut
JV6895.M48C37 2003 Mexican emigration to the United States, 1897-1931 : socio-economic patterns / Lawrence A. Cardoso
Websites on Mexican American History United Farm Workers
Click on Research for history, white papers, and other interesting links.