Ethnic Studies 043 (Fischer): Asian American History: Search Terms

LCSH History

Subject Headings: Very General

Library of Congress Subject Headings books

These are the official Library of Congress Subject Headings that you can use for many of your searches in our databases. You would find subject headings such as these by browsing through the Library of Congress Subject Headings books or browsing the "Catalog Record" of every title found in our Library Catalog.

 

EXAMPLES

Asian Americans

Pacific Islanders

Bangladeshi Americans

Chinese Americans

Drukpa

East Indian Americans*

Filipino Americans

Guamanians

Hawaiians

Hmong Americans

Indonesian Americans

Japanese Americans

Korean Americans

Laotian Americans

Malaysians

Pakistani Americans

Thai Americans

Tibetans

Vietnamese Americans

History

Social Conditions

Culture and Customs

Ethnic Identity

Personal Narratives

Assimilation

 

 

Buddhism

Hinduism

Islam

Christianity

United States

California

San Francisco

Hayward (Calif.)

East Bay (Calif.)

Angel Island

INTERNMENT of Japanese Americans

Concentration Camps

World War II

War Damage Compensation

War Reparations

Japanese Incarceration during WWII

Executive Order 9066 (1942)

Executive Order 9102

Japanese American Citizens League 

Japanese Internment Camps

Korematsu v. United States (1944)

Farewell to Manzanar (1973)

Japanese Reparations

Comfort Women

Prostitutes

Geishas

 

 

Korean War

 

 

 

 

Post World War II Period

 

 

 

 

War Brides

 

 

 

 

 

Model Minority Stereotype

Anti-Asianism

Racism

 

 

 

Emigration and immigration -- Laws

Undocumented Immigrants

Chinese Exclusion Act

CHINESE Exclusion Repeal Act 

 

 

Vietnam War

My Lai Massacre

“Boat People”

Vietnamese Refugees 

Vietnamese Refugees and Stories

Vietnamese Refugees and Trauma 

Vietnamese Refugee and Deportation

Vietnamese Gangs

Korean War

Family Separation

Family Reunion

“Korean American” and Trauma

Cambodian Civil War

Cambodian Genocide

Killing Fields

Cambodian Refugees

Cambodian Refugees and Stories

Cambodian Refugees and Trauma

Cambodian Refugee and Deportation

Anti-Asian Violence

Vincent Chin

Asian American Social Movements

“Asian American Movement”

Asian Adoption

Korean American Adoptees

Filipino Farm Workers

Filipino and Farmworkers Movement

Manongs

Larry Itliong

Delano, California

Transnational Immigration

Chinese diaspora

Japanese diaspora 

Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 (Hart–Celler Act)

H1-B Visa Chinese

H1-B Visa Indian

Asian and Silicon Valley

Asia Brain Drain

International Student Enrollment

Undocumented Immigrant

Deportation Vietnamese Refugee

 

 

LGBT AND Asian Americans

Gay Asian Americans

*For Americans who have ancestry from the country of India, vs. Native Americans who are "Indians of North America."

Keywords

While not official subject headings, these keywords can be very fruitful for your research. Try to also think of other terms such as these. Keyword searches look at all the information in the book or article record including title, author, abstract, table of contents, etc. It always helps to think of synonyms, as the way one person would describe something is not the same way another would.

South Asian Indians

Asian American Political Alliance

Confession Program

Yellow Peril

Redress

What "Search Terms" to Use?

Using the correct words to search will help you find relevant information. Different authors and search tools use different words to describe the same concepts, so it is useful to have a list of similar and related terms in your arsenal when you set out to search for relevant information. The process of creating these alternative terms is called brainstorming terms or concept mapping.

EXAMPLE

Korean Americans AND Los Angeles

What "search terms" to use?

Using the correct words to search will help you find relevant information. Different authors and search tools use different words to describe the same concepts, so it is useful to have a list of similar and related terms in your arsenal when you set out to search for relevant information. The process of creating these alternative terms is called brainstorming terms or concept mapping.

EXAMPLE

Sex Differences AND Communication


If for some reason, you are getting results you do NOT want (say for example you want to find only articles on communication in opposite sex marriages) try a NOT search.  Librarians caution that NOT searches often also weed out articles that may have been relevant for you.  So only perform such searches if you have LOTS of results (say over ten that are in full text format):

EXAMPLE

Marriage NOT Same Sex