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Strangers From A Different Shore by authorprofessor Ronald Takaki has brought a new perspective of my growing knowledge of the hardships and endless obstacles that Asian-Americans have struggled with through their immigration experience Immigrants of Asia represent many countries and many different situations that have brought them to this better country with hopes for more opportunities to succeed Asian-Americans are those whose roots are from Vietnam Laos Thailand Philippines Japan China Cambodia Korea and Hmong to name the most common Asian-Americans have overcome drastic situations to carry the status that they do today Currently Asian-Americans represent the fastest growing minority group in the United States Half of all immigrants that enter the US annually are Asian Asian-Americans come from the same part of the world the same continent yet their struggles have left them in different situations Although the commonalities of hardships that exist between the Asian ethnic groups are greatly the same that can also be separated from likeness just as easy A common ground brings these people together but their separate countries and even within a country different regions will strive and be defeated or surpass the others in their separate historical ways Takaki a professor at UC Berkeley in Ethnic Studies and the grandson of immigrant plantation laborers from Japan has both the knowledge and personal passion of Asian-Americans that allows him to go into great details of the history and diversity of this ethnic groups struggle to become recognized in America for who they are and why they are here instead of what they did for this country Takaki goes in depth on nearly many occurrences that each Asian country has overcome and currently deals with Longing for gold wasnt just an American issue The topic of gold affected many people including the Chinese About the same time gold was discovered in California famine hit the Guangdong Province in southeast China Hearing about Californias gold many Chinese men left for America
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