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Mel's latest title on history in San Antonio, Tx.






CHINESE HEART OF TEXAS; The San Antonio Community 1875-1975 by Mel Brown is 100 years of history and 100 years of pride. It is the vibrant story of why and how the Chinese came to Texas a few years after the American Civil War. San Antonio then became a good home when its own uniqueness provided acceptance and opportunity. Large stories and small ones combine to make a colorful mosaic of their trials and triumphs from being unwanted aliens to accepted citizens. While the Chinese were becoming Americans and Texans in every sense, they produced a century of history rich with texture, important in scope and remarkable by example. This new book consists of eight chapters which chronologically explore the facts, fictions, myths, legends, personalities and places that make up the first century of the Chinese experience in Texas. First came the men from Canton who were hired to build America's expanding railroad industry. Later arrivals were the "Pershing Chinese" rescued from the chaos and violence of the Mexican Revolution. Also covered is the unfortunate reality of the Chinese Exclusion Laws which prohibited immigration and thus families to an entire race for the first and only time in the nation's history. How the Chinese overcame such prejudice and went on to create successful and prosperous communities in Texas is detailed in CHINESE HEART. Significant are the ways in which American Born Chinese children were the fundamental factor in the inevitable process of acculturation. Remarkable women played very important roles in this epoch and their stories are also included. Over 80 photos enhance the text in those ways which only images can do. The book is semi-scholarly in its thoroughness while still being entertaining and informative. This book can be enjoyed by history or Texana buffs as well as all Chinese Americans curious about their common past in the United States. CHINESE HEART is also appropriate for the Asian American Studies classroom.