Between Mao And Mccarthy: Chinese American Politics In The Cold War Years

Hardcover | January 7, 2015

byCharlotte Brooks

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During the Cold War, Chinese Americans struggled to gain political influence in the United States. Considered potentially sympathetic to communism, their communities attracted substantial public and government scrutiny, particularly in San Francisco and New York.

Between Mao and McCarthy looks at the divergent ways that Chinese Americans in these two cities balanced domestic and international pressures during the tense Cold War era. On both coasts, Chinese Americans sought to gain political power and defend their civil rights, yet only the San Franciscans succeeded. Forging multiracial coalitions and encouraging voting and moderate activism, they avoided the deep divisions and factionalism that consumed their counterparts in New York. Drawing on extensive research in both Chinese- and English-language sources, Charlotte Brooks uncovers the complex, diverse, and surprisingly vibrant politics of an ethnic group trying to find its voice and flex its political muscle in Cold War America.

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During the Cold War, Chinese Americans struggled to gain political influence in the United States. Considered potentially sympathetic to communism, their communities attracted substantial public and government scrutiny, particularly in San Francisco and New York.Between Mao and McCarthy looks at the divergent ways that Chinese American...

Charlotte Brooks is associate professor of history at Baruch College, City University of New York. She is the author of Alien Neighbors, Foreign Friends: Asian Americans, Housing, and the Transformation of Urban California, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:328 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.1 inPublished:January 7, 2015Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022619356X

ISBN - 13:9780226193564

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

List of Abbreviations

A Note on Names and Translations

Introduction

Chapter One

New York and San Francisco: Politics in the Political Capitals of Chinese America

Chapter Two

War, Revolution, and Political Realignment

Chapter Three

The Resurgence of China Politics

Chapter Four

Divergence: New York and San Francisco in the 1950s

Chapter Five

The “Immigration Racket” Investigation and the Rise of a New Politics

Chapter Six

Chinese Americans, Orientals, Minorities: Politics in a New Era

Epilogue

Notes

Who’s Who

Index

Editorial Reviews

“With sharp focus on the Chinese American communities in San Francisco and New York City, Between Mao and McCarthy presents an insightful investigation on the transfor­mation of Chinese American politics in the mid-twentieth century. . . . Brooks’s examination of the transforma­tion of Chinese American politics is provoca­tive and pathbreaking. . . . It shines brilliantly as a major addition to the study of Chinese American politics during the Cold War.”