From the list on Asian diasporas in the Americas with personal stories.
Who am I?
Raised in a Mexican-Italian family, I grew up traveling across the Arizona-Sonora borderlands to visit my extended family. As a kid, I took for granted movement across boundaries and cultural and racial mixture, but eventually, I came to see it framed my experience and outlook. In researching the Chinese in northern Mexico, I learned that Mexican women and Chinese-Mexican children followed their expelled men, whether by force or choice, and I became enthralled. I had to find out how these families fared after crossing not just borders but oceans. My passion for reading about how the long presence of Asians in the Americas complicates our understanding of history has only deepened.
Julia's book list on Asian diasporas in the Americas with personal stories
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Why did Julia love this book?
This captivating, sensory novel features a Chinese man who is kidnapped and taken to work as a contract laborer in Peru’s guano, or bird dung, industry during the nineteenth century. With strong and memorable characters from the protagonist’s family in Southern China as well as the varied souls he meets on his journey, this story follows his attempts to return home to his family. It is an imaginative yet historically accurate story of perseverance and hope.