Review by Choice Review
Eight years after its first edition (Japanese American History: An A-to-Z Reference from 1868 to the Present, ed. by Niiya, CH, Feb'94), this updated version remains the most comprehensive reference work in the field. It provides an informative new feature on the Japanese American population of the past 100 years and begins with an excellent 23-page essay supplying a historical overview of Japanese in the US. The chronology now covers more than 800 historical dates, from 1258, when the first shipwrecked Japanese sailors landed in Hawaii, to July 21, 2000, when President Clinton's nomination of Norman Mincla as secretary of commerce was confirmed. The core of the book, the encyclopedia section, has expanded substantially to nearly 600 articles on events, people, organizations, communities, and terms important to understanding the Japanese American experience. These signed essays are well written and authoritative and recommend further readings, including some Web sites. A bibliography lists 100 basic books on Japanese Americans that are essential in building an Asian or Japanese American collection. A comprehensive index concludes the volume. This book complements extremely well The Asian American Encyclopedia, ed. by Franlin Ng and John D. Wilson (6v., CH, May'95). Recommended for academic and public libraries. K. T. Wei University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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