Asian Tragedies in the Americas: Chinese, Japanese, and Korean Stories explores the stories of nineteenth-century East Asian migrants throughout the Americas, tracing the asymmetrical international conditions which shaped migrants’ experiences. Won K.Yoon examines such phenomena as Chinese paper (fraudulent) wives and daughters, Korean picture marriages, and Japanese war brides, analyzing the impact of racism and colonialism on East Asian groups and family experiences in the West.
Won K. Yoon is retired and was long-time professor of sociology at La Sierra University and Loma Linda University.
Chapter 1: Western Encounters and Encroachments in East Asia
Chapter 2: A Floating Hell in Devil’s Throat
Chapter 3: The Coolie Mart and Bitter Sugar in Cuba
Chapter 4: A One-way Passage to a Peruvian Hell
Chapter 5: Paper Children: The Enticement of Gold Mountain
Chapter 6: Koreans in Thorny Henequen Fields in Yucatan
Chapter 7: A Korean Picture Marriage: The Lure of Hawaii
Chapter 8: Peruvian Japanese in U.S. Relocation Camps
Chapter 9: An Empire Never Defeated: The Japanese in Brazil
Chapter 10: Japanese War Brides Following G.I. Husbands
"Yoon provides a comparative analysis of Asian diaspora in the Americas and how this community's experiences intersect with capitalism, slavery, and racial discrimination. From Chinese coolies in Cuba and Peru, to Korean slaves in Yucatan, Mexico, to picture brides in Hawaii, and to Japanese experiences in the Americas, Yoon provides an insightful synthesis of the ‘Asian tragedy’ from global and local contexts."