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From Yellow Peril to Model Minority: Shifting Discourses of Chinese Immigration during the Cold War

Pomona College's Pacific Basin Institute presents a talk by Professor Madeline Hsu on Chinese immigration patterns during the Cold War.

November 13, 2009 12:00am

Madeline Hsu, Professor of History, University of Texas-Austin

Date:  Friday, November 13
Time: 4:15 p.m.

After World War II, American conservatives promoted more positive views of Chinese immigration to advance the anti-communist cause. The nonprofit organization, Aid Chinese Refugee Intellectuals Inc., attempted to funnel educated, intellectual Chinese away from the communist PRC and toward "Free China," democratic allies, and the United States itself.  Over the course of the 1950s and 1960s, this move towards viewing Chinese less as the "yellow peril" and more as political allies, and economic resources in the war on communism, contributed to the dramatic changes in immigration law usually associated with the 1965 Immigration Act.

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