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Citizens of Asian America : democracy and race during the Cold War

Author: Cindy I-Fen Cheng
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, 2014 ©2013
Series: Nation of newcomers
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Cindy I-Fen Cheng
ISBN: 1479880736 9781479880737 9780814759356 0814759351
OCLC Number: 900875591
Description: xii, 273 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Contents: 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
Series Title: Nation of newcomers
Responsibility: 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  Read more...


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Cheng'sCitizens of Asian Americaplaces Asian Americans at the center of this story, showing how the project to highlight the superiority of U.S. democracy over Soviet communism involved removing Read more...

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