For this mini-essay (a series of three prompts; approx. 500-600 words in total) you need to read the two articles:
- Curtis, Erin M. 2013. “Cambodian Donut Shops and the Negotiation of Identity in Los Angeles”
- Lee, Heather R. 2013. “A Life Cooking for Others: The Work and Migration Experiences of a Chinese Restaurant Worker in New York City, 1920-1946”
After reading these two fascinating essays, answer ALL THREE QUESTIONS:
1. In both essays (Curtis and Lee) what particular hardships (racism, poverty, etc.) did the new migrants face in the U.S. and how do they relate to the history of Asian migration (and migration legislation) to the U.S.? (approx. 250 words)
2. In both essays (Curtis and Lee) how did new Cambodian and Chinese migrants use kinship and kin-like (family-like) networks to survive in the U.S.? (approx. 150 words)
3. In Lee’s essay on Chinese restaurant workers, why did Shuck Wing and other migrants from China undertake migration to the U.S. and the hard labor there? (approx. 150 words)
You must make sure to cite your sources in the paper.