Atlas of Asian-American History by Monique Avakian

By Monique Avakian

Utilizing a large association of visible instruments, this atlas deals a close evaluate of the reviews and significant occasions surrounding americans of Asian descent. lengthy missed normally reports, Asian-American historical past assets were scarce. that includes unique maps and authoritative textual content, this e-book tells the tale of no longer one team of individuals yet many. photos, line graphs, charts, chronologies, field good points, and maps support discover the cultural, ancient, political, and social background of Asian american citizens. assurance additionally profiles key occasions and matters of their homelands, specially these elements that motivated their move to the USA.

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Village artisans could not compete with the cheaper, mass-produced British imports. Moreover, British efforts to encourage the production of export crops, such as cotton, reduced the amount of food that was grown. As a result of reduced food supplies, famines killed millions of Indians during the 1800s. On the other hand, British rule in India led to better communication and increased trade. By building new canals, roads, and railways, the British opened up India’s vast interior to trade. The opening of the Suez Canal in 1869 made trade faster and easier between Europe and the rest of Asia.

Prior to the Meiji Restoration, wealth had been concentrated in the hands of the ruling Tokugawa family and a group of territorial lords known as daimyo. Following the restoration, the daimyo lost their lands to the small farmers who lived on them. Land ownership was at best a mixed blessing for Japanese peasants, however. Instead of providing assistance to these new small landowners, the government subjected them to heavy annual taxes. Because the taxes were based on land held rather than crops produced, farmers who suffered poor harvests had difficulty, not only in growing enough to eat, but also in paying their debts.

Most came from Kwangtung (modern Guangdong) and the island of Hainan. Many had exposure to the West through Canton (presentday Guangzhou), a major port city and international trading post. The Chinese from this region had access to information on foreign events such as the 1849 gold rush through contact with Americans and Europeans, whose presence in China increased after the Second Opium War (1856–1860). Fujian: The Chinese “coolies,” or contract laborers, who went to Cuba and Latin America during the 19th century came from the depressed province of Fujian, north of Guangdong.

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