The Good Immigrants: How the Yellow Peril Became the Model Minority

Lecture Description

The life stories of highly achieving Chinese Americans such as I.M. Pei, C.N. Yang, and cookbook author Buwei Yang Chao reveal changing American attitudes about the characteristics of desirable immigrants. During World War II and the Cold War, the obvious contributions and ready adaptability of such highly educated, cosmopolitan Chinese contributed to the drive to reform immigration laws from their discriminatory reliance on race and national origins to the more egalitarian emphasis on family reunification and employment featured in the landmark 1965 Immigration Act.


Asian American Immigration

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