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Japanese and Chinese immigrants in the United States have traditionally been characterized as hard workers who are hesitant to involve themselves in labor disputes or radical activism. How then does one explain the labor and Communist organizations in the Asian immigrant communities that existed from coast to coast between 1919 and 1933? Their organizers and members have been, until now, largely absent from the history of the American Communist movement. In Japanese and Chinese Immigrant Activists, Josephine Fowler brings us the first in-depth account of Japanese and Chinese immigrant radicalism inside the United States and across the Pacific.

            Drawing on multilingual correspondence between left-wing and party members and other primary sources, such as records from branches of the Japanese Workers Association and the Chinese Nationalist Party, Fowler shows how pressures from the Comintern for various sub-groups of the party to unite as an “American” working class were met with resistance. The book also challenges longstanding stereotypes about the relationships among the Communist Party in the United States, the Comintern, and the Soviet Party.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Illustrations
  2. p. ix
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  1. Acronyms
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-14
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  1. Part I: Origins and Beginnings
  2. p. 15
  1. 1. Historical Background
  2. pp. 17-30
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  1. 2. Study Groups, the Oriental Branch, and “Hands Off China” Demonstrations
  2. pp. 31-60
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  1. Part II: From the Top Down
  2. p. 61
  1. 3. “The Red Capital of the Great Bolshevik Republic”
  2. pp. 63-73
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  1. 4. Advancing Bolshevism from Moscow Outward and Back and Forth across the Pacific
  2. pp. 74-98
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  1. Part III: From the Bottom Up
  2. p. 99
  1. 5. From East to West and West to East
  2. pp. 101-119
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  1. 6. Left-wing Chinese Immigrant Activists
  2. pp. 120-138
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  1. 7. Chinese Workers in America
  2. pp. 139-169
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  1. 8. Formation of the Oriental Branch of the ILD
  2. pp. 170-199
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 200-205
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 207-262
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 263-272
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  1. About the Author
  2. p. 273
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813543543
Related ISBN
9780813540405
MARC Record
OCLC
667099114
Pages
296
Launched on MUSE
2013-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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