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Citizens of Asian America: Democracy and Race During the Cold War

by Cindy I-Fen Cheng, May 31, 2013, Hardback


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Winner, 2013-2014 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, Adult Non-Fiction presented by the Asian Pacific American Librarian Association During the Cold War, Soviet propaganda highlighted U.S. racism in order to undermine the credibility of U.S. democracy. In response, incorporating racial and ethnic minorities in order to affirm that America worked to ensure the rights of all and was superior to communist countries became a national imperative. In Citizens of Asian America , Cindy I-Fen Cheng explores how Asian Americans figured in this effort to shape the credibility of American democracy, even while the perceived ?foreignness? of Asian Americans cast them as likely alien subversives whose activities needed monitoring following the communist revolution in China and the outbreak of the Korean War. While histories of international politics and U.S. race relations during the Cold War have largely overlooked the significance of Asian Americans, Cheng challenges the black-white focus of the existing historiography.  She highlights how Asian Americans made use of the government's desire to be leader of the ?free world? by advocating for civil rights reforms, such as housing integration, increased professional opportunities, and freedom from political persecution. Further, Cheng examines the liberalization of immigration policies, which worked not only to increase the civil rights of Asian Americans but also to improve the nation's ties with Asian countries, providing an opportunity for the U.S. government to broadcast, on a global scale, the freedom and opportunity that American society could offer.

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Nation of Nations
New York University Press
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152 x 229 x 21mm
Cindy I-Fen Cheng

Table of contents

List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Introduction: Asian American Racial Formation and the Image of American Democracy Legislating Nonwhite Crossings into White Suburbia Living in the Suburbs, Becoming Americans Asian American Firsts and the Progress toward Racial Integration McCarran Act Persecutions and the Fight for Alien Rights Advancing Racial Equality and Internationalism through Immigration Reform Conclusion: Cold War America and the Appeal to See Past Race Notes BibliographyIndex About the Author


Social sciences & psychology Sociology & anthropology Anthropology Physical anthropology

History, politics & philosophy History Through time 1900-2000 Postwar 1945 - 2000

History, politics & philosophy History General & world history

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Cindy I-Fen Cheng is Associate Professor of History and Asian American Studies at the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

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