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Garden of the World: Asian Immigrants and the Making of Agriculture in California's Santa Clara Valley

Cecilia M. Tsu


This book reclaims two intersecting histories overshadowed by the emergence of high tech-centered “Silicon Valley”: the agricultural past of California's Santa Clara County, and the history of the Asian farmers and laborers who cultivated the land. Focusing on the experiences of Chinese, Japanese, and Filipinos from 1880 to 1940, this book shows how the arrival of Asian immigrants transformed agricultural practices along with ideologies of race, gender, and labor. At the heart of American racial and national identity in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries was the family farm ideal, the cele ... More

Keywords: agriculture, Santa Clara Valley, Chinese Americans, Japanese Americans, Filipino Americans, racial identity, family farming, labor

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199734771
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199734771.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cecilia M. Tsu, author
University of California, Irvine