Huping Ling's Chinese Americans in the Heartland: Migration, Work, and Community extends the analysis of Chinese American communities beyond the usual coverage of coastal experiences with insightful investigations into the history of Chinatowns in St. Louis, Missouri, and Chicago, Illinois. The work is well-researched and grounded in traditional sources such as census reports, archival records, memoirs, archeological studies, and court documents. An additional distinctive element is the author's ability to extend the chronology of analysis closer to the present than many works on similar topics. Ling makes use of interviews and information gleaned from surveys to examine how Chinese American communities in the Midwest have adapted to trends in the recent past.

Much of the analysis of Chicago's Chinatown focuses on the influence of the powerful Moy family and how transnational kinship and economic networks contributed to a unique experience in the region. Ling examines traditional roles filled by Chinese...

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