DRIVEN OUT: The Forgotten War Against Chinese Americans

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By Jean Pfaelzer
Professor of English
University of Delaware


Asian Pacific American Literature Award Best Non-Fiction Award 2007
New York Times 100 Notable Books of the Year, 2007;
San Francisco Chronicle Top Books of 2007
Bloomsbury Review “Favorite Books 2007;
Choice Magazine “Outstanding Academic Books 2007”;
Globalist Top Ten Books of 2007
News, Views, Reviews Magazine “Best of 2007: Best Asian Non-Fiction”
Amazon.Com “Ten Most-Wished For Books” Asian American May, 2008

“Jean Pfaelzer has pulled back the veil on one of the most horrendous, frightening, violent, and little known moments in American history, when the Chinese were driven from their homes and businesses in an effort to expel them from communities, states, and ultimately the country. This is the most comprehensive history of this period I have ever read, and Pfaelzer has written it with sensitivity and a keen eye for the horrifying, heartbreaking, and often uplifting and triumphant details. Driven Out: The Forgotten War Against Chinese Americans couldn't be more timely or important.”
- Lisa See, best-selling author, Snow Flower and The Secret Fan, Dragon Bones, On Gold Mountain, Flower Net, and The Interior

“Thanks to this gripping narrative, Chinese immigrants to the Far West - so long overlooked - now stand front and center in the saga of the struggle for civil rights in these United States.”
- Kevin Starr, professor of history, University of Southern California, and author of California, A History

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