Remaking Chinese America

Remaking Chinese America

Immigration, Family, and Community, 1940-1965

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In Remaking Chinese America , Xiaojian Zhao explores the myriad forces that changed and unified Chinese Americans during a key period in American history. Prior to 1940, this immigrant community was predominantly male, but between 1940 and 1965 it was transformed into a family-centered American ethnic community. Zhao pays special attention to forces both inside and outside of the country in order to explain these changing demographics. She scrutinizes the repealed exclusion laws and the immigration laws enacted after 1940. Careful attention is also paid to evolving gender roles, since women constituted the majority of newcomers, significantly changing the sex ratio of the Chinese American population.

As members of a minority sharing a common cultural heritage as well as pressures from the larger society, Chinese Americans networked and struggled to gain equal rights during the cold war period. In defining the political circumstances that brought the Chinese together as a cohesive political body, Zhao also delves into the complexities they faced when questioning their personal national allegiances. Remaking Chinese America uses a wealth of primary sources, including oral histories, newspapers, genealogical documents, and immigration files to illuminate what it was like to be Chinese living in the United States during a period that--until now--has been little studied.

Publisher: New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, [2002]
Copyright Date: ©2002
ISBN: 9780813530109
0813530105
9780813530116
0813530113
Branch Call Number: 305.8951 Z614R 2002
Characteristics: xvii, 265 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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