Cover

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Title Page, In the Series, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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Preface

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pp. ix-xvi

The essays collected in this volume reflect two important trends that have come to dominate scholarly discourse since the 1980s. One is the ascendance of cultural history, and the...

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A Note on Transliteration and Chinese Names

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pp. xvii-xviii

The transliteration of personal names in this book is inconsistent because the authors are reproducing the versions found in published writings. In those instances where the Chinese...

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Acknowledgment

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pp. xix-xx

We thank the anonymous reviewers for their positive and thoughtful evaluations that did not require us to make any changes in the manuscript. We are grateful to the following...

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Introduction: Chinese American Historiography: What Difference Has the Asian American Movement Made?

Sucheng Chan

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pp. 1-61

From time to time, historians of Asian America have taken stock of the existing writings in the field. Roger Daniels, Shirley Hune, Sucheng Chan, L. Ling-chi Wang, and Gary...

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1. History as Law and Life: Tape v. Hurley and the Origins of the Chinese American Middle Class

Mae M. Ngai

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pp. 62-90

Perhaps the most significant development in contemporary immigration studies has been the so-called transnational turn. In the field of Chinese American studies, the concept is ...

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2. The Activism of Left-Wing and Communist Chinese Immigrants, 1927–1933

Josephine Fowler

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pp. 91-131

In the wake of Chiang Kai-shek’s anti-Communist coup in China in April 1927, as the ongoing intraparty struggle within the Kuomintang (KMT, the Nationalist Party) became ever more fierce, the Workers...

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3. Filling the Rice Bowls of China: Staging Humanitarian Relief during the Sino-Japanese War

Karen J. Leong and Judy Tzu-Chun Wu

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pp. 132-152

Two striking visual images of China captured the U.S. public’s attention in 1937. In January, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer released its much-anticipated epic...

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4. From Pariah to Paragon: Shifting Images of Chinese Americans during World War II

K. Scott Wong

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pp. 153-172

When the United States entered World War II in late 1941 and became allies with China in the shared fight against Japanese aggression, the first sizable...

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5. From Chop Suey to Mandarin Cuisine: Fine Dining and the Refashioning of Chinese Ethnicity during the Cold War Era

Madeline Y. Hsu

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pp. 173-194

With the 1953 founding of his eponymous Grant Avenue restaurant in the heart of San Francisco’s Chinatown, Johnny Kan (1906–1972) established new ...

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6. Searching for Roots in Contemporary China and Chinese America

Andrea Louie

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pp. 195-218

Like many Asian Americans, I grew up in two seemingly different worlds. In elementary school I was the little pudgy Chinese boy with slanted eyes and bad English. At home I was the youngest ...

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7. The “Spirit of Changle”: Constructing a Chinese Regional Identity in New York

Xiaojian Zhao

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pp. 219-246

Most of the signs for the Chinese American associations in New York’s Chinatown are permanently carved on stone walls or tiled on huge buildings with Chinese architectural...

Contributors

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pp. 247-248

Index

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pp. 249-266