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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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War, Revolution, and Political Realignment

War, Revolution, and Political Realignment

(p.51) Two War, Revolution, and Political Realignment
Between Mao and McCarthy

Charlotte Brooks

University of Chicago Press

Chapter Two explores the political ferment in Chinese American communities during and immediately after World War Two. Chinese politics remained a major obsession, and the Chinese civil war split the community. But after the 1943 repeal of the Chinese Exclusion Act, which gave Chinese immigrants the ability to become naturalized citizens, American politics began to attract the attention of more of the Chinese American population. An influx of thousands of China-born wives under the provisions of 1946 “war bride” legislation compounded this effect: war veterans of Chinese ancestry pleaded with Congress to allow continued family immigration and an end to immigration officials’ harassment of their wives. By 1947 and 1948, the growing importance of American domestic politics, and the increasingly poor reputation of the Nationalists, signaled the declining power of conservative leaders and organizations in Chinese American communities.

Keywords:   Chinese Americans, World War Two, New York City, San Francisco, Chinatown, Chinese civil war (1946-1949), 1948 US election, Chinese Exclusion Repeal Act (1943), Chinese immigration

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