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Wither Asian America: Asian Americans and the specter of immigration reform, 1968-1975

Luo, Jing
Format
Thesis/Dissertation; Online
Author
Luo, Jing
Advisor
Milov, Sarah
Abstract
This thesis explores the historical moment between 1968 and 1975, when the Asian American movement’s attempt to develop a rooted politics of cultural nationalism collided with new waves of Asian immigration and the ways in which those immigrants were represented. While both white and Asian liberals embraced Asian arrivals as “good immigrants” and ideal subjects, leftist Asian American activists had no such clear-cut relationship to the future new immigrants posed. In some cases, as with Little Tokyo’s redevelopment struggle, immigrants represented the invasion of destructive foreign capital. In others, immigrants were exploited workers in need of organizing or useful allies in an international struggle. The Asian American movement’s struggle to define its relationship to Asian immigrants indicates that what being Asian American meant and who the community included was a perpetually unsettled issue, even during the presumed height of the movement’s influence and internal coherence during the Long Sixties.
Language
English
Published
University of Virginia, History - Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, MA (Master of Arts), 2019
Published Date
2019-11-26
Degree
MA (Master of Arts)
Collection
Libra ETD Repository
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