Throughout the 19th and up to the mid-20th centuries, immigrants from China, Japan, Korea, India, and the Philippines came to America through San Francisco. The end of the decades-long Vietnam War changed the modern Asian American demographics of the city, this time with refugees coming from Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. The San Francisco Bay Area remains a hub for Laotian American culture, history, and community resources, and it has been a center for Laotian American advancement since the early 1980s. After calling the United States home for more than 30 years and battling the scars of war, a new Laotian American society is seeking meaning from its past while moving forward with hopes of a better future as Americans.
About the Author
Jonathan H.X. Lee is an assistant professor of Asian American studies at San Francisco State University (SFSU). He holds a doctorate degree in religious studies and has published widely on Chinese, Cambodian, Vietnamese, and Chinese–Southeast Asian American histories, folklore, cultures, and religions. Lee collaborated with the Center for Lao Studies and members of the Laotian American communities to write Images of America: Laotians of the San Francisco Bay Area. Images came from Laotian American community leaders, families, businesses, organizations, associations, churches, temples, and students majoring in Asian American studies at SFSU.
Table of Contents
1 Factors of Migration 9
2 Resettlement 19
3 Families and Weddings 49
4 Religious Life and Rituals 63
5 Festivals and Celebrations 77
6 Community Organizations and Associations 89
7 Youths and Recreation 97
8 Civic Engagement 105
9 Businesses and Employment 117
About the Authors 127