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Trespassers?: Asian Americans and the Battle for Suburbia

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Beyond the gilded gates of Google, little has been written about the suburban communities of Silicon Valley. Over the past several decades, the region's booming tech economy spurred rapid population growth, increased racial diversity, and prompted an influx of immigration, especially among highly skilled and educated migrants from China, Taiwan, and India. At the same time ...more
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Published May 16th 2017 by University of California Press
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Jacqueline
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hey, I'm the first to review! I heard about this book from a high school friend's post on FB and decided to order the paperback. Felt very surreal to read this because I'm a graduate of MSJ (c/o 2006), was in eighth grade at Hopkins Jr. High during the infamous boundary disputes with Weibel/Irvington, AND my parents' home is in "Mission Ranch", an area I didn't know had a name, but was apparently the site of contentious disputes over "McMansions" vs preserving the neighborhood character.
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Tom
Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read this book as part of a reading group with friends, two of whom are from Fremont, which made me enjoy this book a lot. Fremont is the focus of this book as a suburb that has seen a tremendous influx of Asian American residents. The book discusses the conflicts about suburban inclusivity in local politics that this influx has engendered.

I'm surprised to learn that well-off suburbs in a place as liberal as the Bay Area would be the site of conflict (in the form of urban planning policy) betw
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Kumoshi
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As someone who grew up nearby but not in Fremont (mostly grew up in Cupertino, parents now live in Milpitas) as the kid of two Chinese immigrants, this was a very personally illuminating book in revealing a lot of the ways that local institutions and use of space are racialized, as well as examining the significant role of class in belonging and shaping the "community." It was a bit, er, almost traumatizing to read the chapter about public schools since it brought up a lot of painful memories bu ...more
Erica Li
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Incredible book looking at how race and ethncitiy shapes suburbs. The author's work is instrumental in building bridges and understanding how cities/suburbs have evolved with racial power dynamics.
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