Covers prominent individuals from colonial times through the present, offering a fascinating perspective on Asian and Pacific Islander American history in the United States.
Great Lives from History: Asian & Pacific Islander Americans features 567 essays on people from the late eighteenth through the early twenty-first centuries. The vast majority of the figures included in this set have never been covered in any Great Lives series before. Many of them are household names, famous for their work in such fields as entertainment, sports, civil rights, politics, and literature. Others have received less attention but made important contributions in such fields as education, journalism, business, and science. Their subjects are Asian and Pacific Islander Americans who have undertaken a wide range of endeavors from late colonial times into the twenty-first century-coverage that is essential in any liberal arts curriculum.
ORGANIZATION AND FORMAT
Each essay is approximately three to four pages in length and displays ready-reference top matter, which offers easy access to biographical information, including the individual's name (including any other versions or alternate spellings), occupation (including nationality for immigrants), area of achievement, and dates of birth and/or death. Also included is a brief synopsis explaining the individual's historical or social importance.
The body of the essay is divided into several sections:
"Early Life" provides facts about the individual's upbringing and the environment in which he or she was reared. This section also provides the pronunciation of the profiled subject's full name upon first mention.
"Life's Work" is a straightforward, generally chronological account of how the individual gained recognition in his or her chosen field, emphasizing the most significant achievements in the figure's life and career.
"Significance" provides an overview of the importance of the individual's accomplishments, and discusses why it is important to study this individual.
All essays conclude with notes for further research and cross-references to other essays in the set. .
An alphabetically complete list of contents can be found in the front matter of every volume, as well as a pronunciation key. A multitude of sidebars provide key information on notable achievements, career highlights, and important causes. Appendixes include a Chronological List of Entries, a comprehensive Bibliography, a list of Research Centers and Libraries, and a list of Organizations and Societies. Category and Subject Indexes round out this fascinating set.