Roots:An Asian-American Reader

24 July 2019
Roots:An Asian American Reader, 1971
Courtesy of Henry Chu, Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) Collection
Henry Chu捐赠,美国华人博物馆(MOCA)馆藏

Roots: An Asian American Reader (1971) was the first of over 200 books published by the UCLA Asian American Studies Center and a groundbreaking anthology of Asian American issues written for and by Asian Americans. The collection was intended for the college classroom and remained the standard textbook for Asian American Studies for many years. But it was also compiled with the particular needs of Asian American social workers, organizers, lawyers, students, and common citizens in mind, who desired a convenient anthology focusing on their own issues.

The collection included scholarly and political pieces drawing from traditional academic sources, but unlike traditional textbooks, it also included essays and poems that captured organic self-expression. As Franklin Odo explains in the books preface, the content was barely edited so that the voices of the Asian American authors would “be heard in all their anger, anguish, resolve and inspiration.” Roots went through twelve printings, sold over 50,000 copies, and remained one of the most important texts in Asian American history.


这本文集包括了从传统学术资源中汲取的学术和政治作品,但与传统教科书不同的是,它还包括了表达自我的散文和诗歌。正如Franklin Odo在这本书的序言中所说的,书中的内容几乎没有经过编辑,这样亚裔美国作家的声音“就能在他们所有的愤怒、痛苦、决心和灵感中被听到。”《根》共印刷了12次,销量超过5万册,在亚裔美国人历史上一直是一本最重要的教科书。

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