Laotians in the San Francisco Bay Area

Laotians in the San Francisco Bay Area


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781531664701
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 09/17/2012
Pages: 130
Product dimensions: 6.69(w) x 9.61(h) x 0.38(d)

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.

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