New Year’s Message

Happy 2016! Thank you for your liking this page and for all of the support this past year. It was an exciting one!

As other authors know, writing a book can be a very solitary experience. You research, write, rewrite, edit, revise, and reedit over and over again, mostly on your own. For years. And then, publication day comes and your creation is suddenly out in the real world, living a life of its own!

It has been a joy and privilege to share The Making of Asian America with all of you this past year. It had a big debut at the National Book Festival in September on stage with Ray Suarez and on-air with CSPAN. And in the months that followed, it seemed to strike a chord with many. I participated in many of the conferences and symposia recognizing the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Act (and helped to organize a fascinating one at the Immigration History Research Center). At the same time, our national conversation around immigration sunk to new depths that I could not have anticipated. From politicians’ statements justifying the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War Two to Donald Trump’s call for an all-out ban on Muslims, xenophobia is alive and well in the U.S.

I have done 25 interviews and written a number of pieces in the past 4 months trying to counter the xenophobia with humanity, facts, reason, and historical perspective. At times, it has seemed quite hopeless. I reached a low point in December when I turned to my students and admitted that I never thought our country would go back to Chinese exclusion-type laws again. But here we are.

Here’s hoping that 2016 can be a year of action, as well as peace and humanitarianism at home and around the world.

Thank you again for your support and for sharing the news about The Making of Asian America. I’ve received some amazing and heartwarming comments from people around the country that make me feel like I’ve achieved my goal of telling the rich and diverse stories of Asian America and of writing Asian Americans back into American history. I’m honored that The Making of Asian America received a Kirkus Star, made it onto some “Best Books” lists, and was named an “Editor’s Choice” by the New York Times.

Happy New Year and Happy Reading!