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American Exodus: Second-Generation Chinese Americans in China, 1901-1949
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    Charlotte Brooks
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    University of California Press

American Exodus: Second-Generation Chinese Americans in China, 1901-1949

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  • Charlotte Brooks
  • University of California Press
  • Paperback
  • 9780520302686
  • 8.9 X 6 X 1 inches
  • 0.95 pounds
  • History > Asia - China
  • English
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In the first decades of the 20th century, almost half of the Chinese Americans born in the United States moved to China--a relocation they assumed would be permanent. At a time when people from around the world flocked to the United States, this little-noticed emigration belied America's image as a magnet for immigrants and a land of upward mobility for all. Fleeing racism, Chinese Americans who sought greater opportunities saw China, a tottering empire and then a struggling republic, as their promised land.

American Exodus is the first book to explore this extraordinary migration of Chinese Americans. Their exodus shaped Sino-American relations, the development of key economic sectors in China, the character of social life in its coastal cities, debates about the meaning of culture and modernity there, and the U.S. government's approach to citizenship and expatriation in the interwar years. Spanning multiple fields, exploring numerous cities, and crisscrossing the Pacific Ocean, this book will appeal to anyone interested in Chinese history, international relations, immigration history, and Asian American studies.

American Exodus: Second-Generation Chinese Americans in China, 1901-1949

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I am a historian of the twentieth-century United States and of the Chinese diaspora. My scholarship spans numerous fields, including immigration, race, Asian American history, politics, and urban history. I received my B.A. from Yale College and my M.A. and Ph.D. from Northwestern University. The author of three books and numerous articles, I am a professor of history at Baruch College, CUNY.

I am currently working on two new book-length projects. An American Family: The Moys of New York and Shanghai, is my first piece of narrative non-fiction. It follows the lives of six Chinese American siblings and their spouses during the exclusion era and into the postwar years. The second, Selling America in China, is a scholarly study of the promoters, diplomats, and small businesspeople who sold American products and ideas in and to republican China.

My occasional blog, Asian American History in New York City looks at sites of significance to Asian American history in the five boroughs. Someday, I’ll have time to regularly update it again!

 

Source: Blogs.baruch.cuny.edu

 

 

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