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Ng, Franklin, ed. The Asian American Encyclopedia. New York: Marshall Cavendish, 1995. 6v.

Contains more than 2,000 entries and more than 1,100 charts, tables, graphs, and maps. it covers Chinese Americans, Filipino Americans, Japanese Americans, Asian Indian Americans, Korean Americans, Vietnamese Americans, Hmong Americans, pacific Islander Americans, and others. The encyclopedia includes many foreign figures and entries on international relations. It has a number of appendixes: Time Lines; Organizations; Museums; Research Centers and Libraries; Asian American Studies Programs; Newspapers, Newsletters, Magazines, and Journals; Films and Videos' bibliography; and Subject List.

Pan, Lynn, ed. The Encyclopedia of the Chinese Overseas. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1999. 399p.

The book is the first major project of the Chinese Heritage Centre which was set up in Singapore in 1995 and the first to study overseas communities in the world. It consists of five parts: (I) origins; II, migration, III, institutions, IV, relations, and V, communities. Part V is further divided by region, such as Southeast Asia, the Americas, Australia and Oceania, New Zealand, the South Pacific, Europe, East Asia, and Indian Ocean and Africa. Chinese communities in the States is presently in chronological events, from 1785 to the present, with particular reference to the achievements of Chinese Americans, followed by economic life and cultural activities. The books is full of illustrations and statistical data. Appendixes include timelines, Chinese character list, and bibliography. Timelines lists historic events and long-term changes in parallel from Tang Dynasty (618-907) to the People's Republic of China (1949- )

Thernstrom, Stephan and others, eds. Harvard Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Groups. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1980. 1,076p.

"Contains 106 group entries, as well as 23 thematic essays, 87 maps, and other supplemnentary materials." The term "ethnic groups" is broadly interpreted to designate any group characterized by some of fourteen features including common geographic origin; migratory status; race; language or dialect; religious faith or faiths; ties that transcend kinship, neighborhood, and community boundaries; literature, folklore, and music; food preferences; settlement and employment pattern; internal sense or external perception of distinctiveness, and so on.


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