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Between Mao and McCarthyChinese American Politics in the Cold War Years$
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Charlotte Brooks

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226193564

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226193731.001.0001

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New York and San Francisco

New York and San Francisco

Politics in the Political Capitals of Chinese America

(p.13) One New York and San Francisco
Between Mao and McCarthy

Charlotte Brooks

University of Chicago Press

Chapter One examines the impact of New Deal politics on the Chinese American communities of San Francisco and New York. During the 1930s, Chinese politics remained an almost obsessive preoccupation in both communities, while the China-born segment of the community often derided the native-born citizens as “brainless” and weak, neither wholly Chinese nor American. Yet as the Depression increasingly affected Chinese Americans, New Deal programs offered them hope and a new vision of the way politics could affect their communities and give their citizenship actual meaning.

Keywords:   Chinese Americans, New Deal, Tammany Hall, Second Sino-Japanese War, New York City, San Francisco, Chinatown

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