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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 in the 1950s

(p.121) Four Divergence
Between Mao and McCarthy

Charlotte Brooks

University of Chicago Press

Chapter Four explores the rapidly diverging politics of Chinese American New York and San Francisco in the early and mid-1950s. In New York, KMT activists and officials infiltrated almost every Chinese American organization, but their factionalism and disregard for community welfare frustrated many residents. In San Francisco during the same period, Chinese Americans increasingly focused on American domestic politics, which not only proved safer than Chinese politics but also touched their lives more directly. Growing numbers registered to vote, and a group of younger men and women participated in the liberal Democratic club movement, forging valuable ties to regional politicians.

Keywords:   Chinese Americans, Chinatown, New York City, San Francisco, Democratic Party, Republican Party, Kuomintang, overseas Chinese, Republic of China, People’s Republic of China

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