A new book written by the University of Maryland’s Dr. Willow Lung-Amam explores the dreams and struggles of Asian Americans as they have made their homes in Silicon Valley suburbia, and the tensions that often emerged from the city’s changing character. Trespassers?: Asian Americans and the Battle for Suburbia tells the tale of one Silicon Valley community’s decades-long transformation from a small, rural town into a diverse immigrant gateway. Through the voices of long-term residents, recent immigrants, and city officials, Trespassers? offers a unique window into the everyday lives, landscapes, and politics of this iconic and rapidly changing region. It also offers lessons for urban practitioners and scholars about the vital role of immigrants in the changing American landscape and their struggles for inclusion within the American Dream.
Dr. Lung-Amam is Assistant Professor of Urban Studies and Planning and Director of Community Development at the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education at the University of Maryland, College Park. Trespassers? is available from University of California Press.