A food safety factory shutdown has Americans hunting for baby formula. Readying themselves for a covid-19 lockdown, Chinese in Beijing emptied store shelves. Emerging from lockdown, some in Shanghai are visiting well-provisioned markets. U.S.-China agricultural trade is booming, but many are still being left hungry. Food security, sustainability and safety remain issues.
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.
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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