Writer and journalist William Wong has been regional commentator for The News Hour with Jim Lehrer and a columnist for the San Francisco Examiner, Oakland Tribune, and Asian Week, among other publications.
Series Foreword by Darrell Y. Hamamoto Acknowledgments Introduction 1. Hometown: In the Shadow of San Francisco American Dream, Chinatown Branch A "Manong" with Magical Hands 2. Family: From Agrarianism to Cyberspace Finding Sacred Ground Traditions: Old and New "Rock On, Mr. President" 3. History: From Exclusion to Confusion Conquering Frontiers and Barriers Wong Is an American Name The "Forgotten Holocaust" Healing Wounds, or Opening Them? The Price of Memories 4. Immigration: Huddled Masses Still Searching for Gold Mountain Second-Class Citizenship Downsize Your SUV Se Habla English 5. Identity and Acculturation: Visibility Invisible A State of Mind So That's Why I Can't Lose Weight Yellow Chic A Tumultuous World in Transition "We Lost a Country" Who's a Bonehead Now? Paradise Lost Minnesota Chow Mein Best Friend or Best Meal? Violating the Crustacean Creed Parenting, Chinese Style The American Nightmare 6. Anti-Asian Racism: Forever Foreigner "The Boat People Own Everything" Learning from the Vincent Chin Case Escaping Racism: No Way Out The Golden State of Bigotry Swastikas in the Sunset Un-American Christians I Am a Gook 7. Class: Yin and Yang Picking on the Most Vulnerable New Global Capitalists An Obnoxious Status Quest The Rich Can Be Nice Too Exploiting Our Own 8. Affirmative Action: The Myth of Meritocracy Between a Rock and a Hard Place Calling for Magician Administrators The Selfish Versus the Altruists When Values Collide 9. Gender: He Said, She Said The "Hottest" Dating Trend Special Assets Hiding Behind a Cultural Defense The Hero of Asian Men 10. Race Relations: Why Can't We All Get Along? Just Who Is the Victim Here? Playing Together Plenty of Blame to Go Around Middleman Myopia Yellow Pride Versus Multiculturalism Beyond Black and White 11. Politics: A Seat at the Table Right Man, Wrong Time Race and Ideology: Bumping into Each Other An Asian American "Mr. Fixit" Riding a Yellow Wave A Common Human Affliction A Question of Loyalty Trolling for the Big Fish Scientific Scapegoat 12. Crime: Bang, Bang, You're Dead "It Makes You Feel Special" The Model Minority Criminal Born to Kill Boyish Appeal 13. Stars: I AM Somebody Colorblind Casting Forbidden in More Ways Than One The Connie Chung Syndrome Kowtowing to the Queen Disposable Commodities Mercenaries The Politics of a Bond Film Money Talks The News Media: Only Getting Part of It Everybody's Child Publication Credits Index