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This three-volume set covers the narrative traditions and material culture of Asian Americans. Chapters are organized alphabetically, ranging from Afghan Americans to Vietnamese Americans, with additional chapters covering Pan Asian American culture and mixed heritage communities. More than 600 entries include themes common to different Asian American groups, such as religion, rites of passage, and food/foodways, along with features that are unique to particular groups. For example, the chapter on Indian Americans has a section on Hindu temples in the US, and the chapter on Japanese Americans covers issues related to the internment of Japanese Americans during WW II. Suggestions for further reading accompany each entry, so this work gives both an outline of issues related to the Asian American experience and resources for conducting more extensive research. Another useful feature is a sampling of Asian American folktales in the appendix. These tales provide clear examples of continued connections to Asian traditions and beliefs even as communities are shaped by the experiences of adapting to American culture and society. This is a good introduction to the history, culture, and traditions of Asian American communities. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through researchers/faculty. K. T. McDowell University of Colorado at Boulder
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