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One story of Washington state is a story of immigration, but it is not the simple tale of assimilation or acculturation.

Immigrants brought pieces of culture from their native lands to Washington state, where they melded them with pieces taken from American culture.

The Asian American experience is part of this mosaic.

The documents that accompany this essay demonstrate how Chinese, Japanese, and Filipinos came to Washington, struggled against discrimination, labored to earn their living, and created distinctive cultures and identities.

These documents chronicle, in a small way, how some Asian immigrants became Asian Americans.

"Asian American" is, by necessity, a broad term that lumps different peoples together.

Because of space restrictions, this project focuses on Chinese, Japanese, and Filipino Americans, the three largest and oldest groups in Washington.

Other groups, notably immigrants from Korea, the Pacific Islands, and Southeast Asia, receive limited attention here.

It is hoped that students and teachers alike will use this project as a guide for building their own collections on other Asian Americans.

The documents are organized by three general themes: migration, labor, and community.

is the process of people moving from place to place.

Why people move away or are pushed out from where they lived, and why they are pulled to settle somewhere else, are the central questions behind migration.

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