Two Faces of Exclusion

Two Faces of Exclusion

The Untold History of Anti-Asian Racism in the United States

Book - 2016
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From the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 to the Immigration Act of 1924 to Japanese American internment during World War II, the United States has a long history of anti-Asian policies. But Lon Kurashige demonstrates that despite widespread racism, Asian exclusion was not the product of an ongoing national consensus; it was a subject of fierce debate. This book complicates the exclusion story by examining the organized and well-funded opposition to discrimination that involved some of the most powerful public figures in American politics, business, religion, and academia. In recovering this opposition, Kurashige explains the rise and fall of exclusionist policies through an unstable and protracted political rivalry that began in the 1850s with the coming of Asian immigrants, extended to the age of exclusion from the 1880s until the 1960s, and since then has shaped the memory of past discrimination.
Publisher: Chapel Hill :, The University of North Carolina Press,, [2016]
ISBN: 9781469629438
Characteristics: xx, 298 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 25 cm


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Aug 12, 2016

Constantly ascribing racism to the Chinese Exclusion Act most conveniently precludes and excludes any real US labor history, and excuses the robber barons and money trusts.
At that period, white railroad workers and black railroad workers and Japanese immigrant railroad workers were laid off and replaced with Chinese workers who were literally brought in by the boatloads by the Money Trusts, and again literally worked to death - - very few can count themselves as descended from those Chinese workers today!
To ascribe this to racism is to ignore reality and what actually took place - - one of the rare times democracy worked on behalf of some workers! [This type of so-called scholarship reminds me of how very very little ever gets reported in Washington state {and elsewhere}: how American and Mexican farm workers were laid off a few years back in central Washington and Hawaii and California, and replaced with flown-in cheaper Thai workers - - no doubt someone will attempt to be a // racism \\ spin on this. Thank God for Austin Jenkins, the ONLY reporter in this state!]


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