When you take something extremely broad, then it is not a work of expansion or work of compression. It's hard because you have to decide what to throw out.
Somebody who was born in this country who visited China would later face difficulty getting back in to the USA. We have to keep in mind that the struggles of the Chinese against these exclusion laws really laid down the foundations of civil rights law.
The worst.. Was what the Pakistani soldiers did to the Bengali women after their failed rebellion.
Your first duty as a writer is to write to please yourself. And you have no duty towards anyone else.
Often, what you see in the media is driven by economic forces.
After working as a journalist I went to a writing program at Johns Hopkins. It was interesting because it was neither journalistic nor historical, but it emphasized writing style, and afterwards I was asked to write my first book.
It's a wonderful thing to see a segment of our population that is open and eager to learn more about Chinese culture. It has filtered into the mainstream. You see credit-card ads on TV with white couples and Chinese babies.
If the conditions were right there could be great acceptance. Often it is only when they pose an economic or political threat that it turns really ugly.