Truman Professor Wins Award for Encyclopedia

Huping Ling, professor of history, has won the Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin Editors’ Choice Award in 2010 for her encyclopedia “Asian American History and Cultures: An Encyclopedia.” Ling edited the book with Allan W. Austin by M. E. Sharpe.

With overview essays and more than 400 A-Z entries, this exhaustive encyclopedia documents the history of Asians in America from earliest contact to the present day. Organized topically by group, with an in-depth overview essay on each group, the encyclopedia examines the myriad ethnic groups and histories that make up the Asian American population in the United States.

“Asian American History and Culture” covers the political, social and cultural history of immigrants from East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Pacific Islands and their descendents, as well as the social and cultural issues faced by Asian American communities, families and individuals in contemporary society.

In addition to entries on various groups and cultures, the encyclopedia also includes articles on general topics such as parenting and child rearing, assimilation and acculturation, business, education and literature. More than 100 images round out the set.

Ling is the executive editor for the Journal of Asian American Studies. She has published 10 books including “Surviving on the Gold Mountain,” “Chinese in St. Louis, 1857-2007,” “Emerging Voices: Experiences of Underrepresented Asian Americans” and more than 100 articles.

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