American Women's History: A Research Guide
Asian-American Women
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Biographical Sources

See the general Biographical Sources section for additional information sources.

Byers, Paula K., ed. Asian American Genealogical Sourcebook. Detroit: Gale Research, 1995. 280p.

Griffith, Sarah M. "Finding Chinese Immigrants in Unconventional Records." History News 60 (Winter 2003): 20-23.

Zia, Helen, and Susan B. Gall, eds. Notable Asian Americans. Gale Research, 1995. 468p.

Encyclopedias & Historical Overviews

Chan, Sucheng. Asian Americans: An Interpretive History. Boston: Twane, c1991.

Hune, Shirley. Teaching Asian American Women's History. Washington, D.C.: American Historical Association, 1997. 60p.

Kim, Hyung-Chan, ed. Dictionary of Asian American History. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood, 1986.

Ng, Franklin, ed. The Asian American Encyclopedia. 6 vols. New York: Marshall Cavendish, 1995.
The Subject List in the back of volume 6 lists over 90 individuals and topics covered under "Women's Issues."

Journals in the Field

Journalof Asian American Studies []

Networking Tools: Associations

Association for Asian American Studies []

National Japanese American Historical Society []

Primary Sources: Archival & Museum Collections

See the general Archival Collections section for additional information sources.

Bourque, Monique, and R. Joseph Anderson, comps. and eds. A Guide to Manuscript and Microfilm Collections of the Research Library of the Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies [online]. Philadelphia: The Institute, [1992]. Available from:

Buttlar, Lois J., and Lubomyr R. Wynar, comps. Guide to Information Resources in Ethnic Museum, Library, and Archival Collections in the United States. Bibliographies and Indexes in Ethnic Studies, no. 7. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1996.

Ethnic Studies Collections [online]. Los Angeles: UCLA Library Department of Special Collections, last update 4 August 1998 [cited 17 August 2000]. Available from:

Japanese American History Archives []

Japanese American National Museum []

Lowell, Waverly B., comp. Chinese Immigration and Chinese in the United States: Records in the Regional Archives of the National Archives and Records Administration [online]. [Washington, D.C.]: National Archives and Records Administration, 1996 [cited 19 August 1998]. Available from:

Selected Subject List for Iowa Women's Archives [online]. Iowa City: Iowa Women's Archives, University of Iowa Libraries, January 1997 [cited 14 June 2000]. Available from:
Select "Asian American Women."

Primary Sources: Digital Collections

"Asian American." In Digital Images from the American Radicalism Collection [online]. East Lansing: Special Collections Division, Michigan State University Libraries, 1997- [cited 2 March 2002]. Available from: Select "Collections," then "American Radicalism Collection," and "Asian American."
The materials in this collection provide information about the internment of Japanese and Japanese Americans during World War II. In addition, two documents published in 1877 cover the regulation of Chinese immigration.

Chinese Historical Society of Southern California Digital Archive [online]. Los Angeles: Archival Research Center, University of Southern California, n.d. [cited 7 December 2001]. Available from:

The Chinese in California, 1850-1925 [online]. Washington, DC : Library of Congress, 2002.
Includes content from the University of Califorina, Berkeley (Bancroft Library, Ethnic Studies Library) and the California Historical Society.

Cole, Jean Lee, ed. The Winnifred Eaton Digital Archive [online]. Charlottesville: Electronic Text Center University of Virginia Library, 2003- [cited 17 March 2005]. Available from:
Eaton (1875-1954) was the first person of Asian descent to publish a novel in the United States.

Columbia River Basin Ethnic History Archive [online]. Vancouver: Washington State University, n.d. [cited 22 March 2004]. Available from:
This project highlights ethnic collections from leading archives in Idaho, and Oregon, and Washington. Select "Browse Archive," and search by ethnic group (e.g., Chinese Americans, Japanese Americans).

Korean American Digital Archive [online]. Los Angeles: University of Southern California, 2001- [cited 10 February 2001]. Available from:
Includes photographs, organizational records, and audio files from oral history collections.

Life History Program [online]. Los Angeles: Japanese American National Museum, n.d. [cited 15 November 2002]. Available from:
Online transcripts from oral history projects.

Photo Database & Virtual Gallery [online]. Los Angeles: Los Angeles Public Library, n.d. [cited 25 February 2002]. Available from:

Women in Journalism [online]. Washington, DC: Washington Press Club Foundation, 1996- [cited 30 March 2002]. Available from:
See the transcripts of oral history interviews with Catherine Shen and Barbara Tanabe.

Primary Sources: Microform Collections

Papers of the U.S. Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians. Frederick, Md.: University Publications of America, 1983.

Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Series A: Subject Correspondence Files, Part I, Asian Immigration and Exclusion, 1906-1913. Bethesda, Md.: University Publications of America, 1992.
Reviewed by Lucy Salyer in Journal of American History 81 (June 1994): 361-362.

Primary Sources: Media

Adams, Rose. Films on Asian American Studies at Stanford University [online]. Stanford University Libraries, last updated 26 May 1998. [cited 7 August 1999]. Available from:

Talking About Women's History

Chang, Leslie. [Interview] [online]. Interviewed by Brian Lamb. Booknotes. C-SPAN, 5 September 1999. Available from:
Chang discusses her book, Beyond the Narrow Gate: The Journey of Four Chinese Women from the Middle Kingdom to Middle America.

"Panel Four: Women's Private Lives." In Resourceful Women: Researching and Interpreting American Women's History [online]. A Library of Congress Symposium, June 19-20, 2003. Available from:
Valerie Matsumoto provides an overview of her research on Japanese American youth culture during the Jazz Age and the Great Depression.

American Women's History: A Research Guide

Ken Middleton
Middle Tennessee State Univ. Library
Murfreesboro, TN 37132