Erika spoke with the Japan Times about the history of Asian Americans and the lessons for today.

Nicolas Gattig wrote a nice profile of The Making of Asian America here.

Here is a snapshot of what he had to say: “A recurring theme in Erika Lee’s new book “The Making of Asian America: A History” is the humiliations of immigrant life — the “collective burden” of people who have to keep proving they are worthy. With a keen eye for telling quotes, Lee shows the human dimensions of Asian immigration to the U.S., which now spans 23 different groups and makes up 6 percent of the total population. Incidentally, she tells of a nation expanding its identity, of the inclusion of people once vilified.”