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Sucheng Chan the author of Asian Americans an Interpretive History is currently a professor of history and is also the chair of the Asian American Studies Program at the University of California Santa Barbara In 1973 she earned her PhD from the University of California Berkeley Not only a scholar and a professor Chan is also an author Her extraordinary work as a professor and a writer helped her win in prestigious awards in the literary community such as the 1986 Theodore Salutoes Memorial Book Award in Agricultural History the 1987 American Historical Association Pacific Coast Branch Book Award and the 1988 Association for Asian American Studies Outstanding Book Award Another award Chan has received in recognition of her academic work is a Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of California at Berkeley in 1978 With so many years of experience Chan in my opinion satisfied the scholarly qualifications for my writing about her book The book Asian Americans an Interpretive History starts with the very beginning of time when the people from China Japan Korea Philippines and India first immigrated to the United States Throughout this book Chan talks about the accomplishments and struggles of the Asian Americans from the mid nineteenth century to the late twentieth century Chans main focus or main emphasis is the impact Asian Americans have on the history of the United States whether it is political agricultural or economical Furthermore despite the endless struggles Asian Americans had in the past Chan also mentions the improvement of the status of Asian Americans over the past few decades and the decrease of racial inequality in this country However she ends with the intention of urging everyone regardless of hisher race gender or ethnicity to work steadfastly towards the curtailment of the racial tensions Chans central thesis of this book in my opinion is that racial tension was and still is a serious problem in the United States and Asian Americans have
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