Critical Family History Book Review: Everything I Never Told You

Everything I Never Told You, a novel by Celeste Ng, does not directly address Critical Family History. Yet, this well-written page-turner goes right to the heart of why Critical Family History is important. Everything I Never Told You, which tells the story of Marilyn and James Lee and their three children, probes the power of […]

Locating East Asian Family Roots

I have been asked on various occasions how to locate East Asian family roots, especially information about which ancestors immigrated where and when, and how to locate roots prior to immigration. Since different Asian American groups differ in history, timing and circumstances surrounding waves of immigration, family structure, and so forth, most online tools are group-specific […]

The Hidden Four Ps and Immigration

 In the fall of 2012 and again in spring 2013, Dr. Kevin Kumashiro and I co-taught an undergraduate course called “Introduction to Asian American Studies.” We examined the diversity and experiences of Asian Americans, like the transnational labor brokering of Filipinos and the binary of race relations between African Americans and Koreans during the 1992 […]