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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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The “Immigration Racket” Investigation and the Rise of a New Politics

The “Immigration Racket” Investigation and the Rise of a New Politics

(p.157) Five The “Immigration Racket” Investigation and the Rise of a New Politics
Between Mao and McCarthy

Charlotte Brooks

University of Chicago Press

Chapter Five discusses the 1956 Justice Department crackdown on immigration fraud and its aftermath in Chinese American New York and San Francisco. In New York, the investigations paralyzed the community and strengthened the very KMT leaders who proved unable to stop it. In San Francisco, Chinese American liberal Democrats used their connections to local politicians to fight the investigation and at the same time demonstrate to their peers the value of political participation. In 1958, they played a significant local role in the election that made Edmund G. “Pat” Brown governor and brought a host of other Democrats into state office. Some even began to envision pan-Asian American political solidarity as a route to greater influence in San Francisco.

Keywords:   Chinese Americans, Chinatown, New York City, San Francisco, Chinese immigration, National Chinese Welfare Council, Chinese American Democratic Club of San Francisco

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