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The color of success : Asian Americans and the origins of the model minority / Ellen D. Wu.

Wu, Ellen D. (Author).

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Tells of the transformation of Asians in the United States from the "yellow peril" to "model minorities"--Peoples distinct from the white majority but lauded as well-assimilated, upwardly mobile, and exemplars of traditional family values--in the middle decades of the twentieth century. As Ellen Wu shows, liberals argued for the acceptance of these immigrant communities into the national fold, charging that the failure of America to live in accordance with its democratic ideals endangered the country's aspirations to world leadership. Wu highlights the contests for power and authority within Japanese and Chinese America alongside the designs of those external to these populations, including government officials, social scientists, journalists, and others. She demonstrates that the invention of the model minority took place in multiple arenas, such as battles over zoot suiters leaving wartime internment camps, the juvenile delinquency panic of the 1950s, Hawaii statehood, and the African American freedom movement. Together, these illuminate the impact of foreign relations on the domestic racial order and how the nation accepted Asians as legitimate citizens while continuing to perceive them as indelible outsiders.
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Circulation Modifier Age Hold Protection Active/Create Date Status Due Date
Columbia Gorge Community College Library 305.895 WU 2014 (Text) 23892000943855 Main Collection Book None 06/13/2018 Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780691157825
  • ISBN: 0691157820
  • ISBN: 9780691168029
  • ISBN: 0691168024
  • Physical Description: xv, 354 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
  • Publisher: Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2014]

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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Imperatives of Asian American citizenship -- Part I. War and the assimilating other. Leave your zoot suits behind ; How American are we? ; Nisei in uniform ; America's Chinese -- Part II. Definitively not-Black. Success story, Japanese American style ; Chinatown offers us a lesson ; The melting pot of the Pacific -- Model minority/Asian American.
Summary, etc.:
Tells of the transformation of Asians in the United States from the "yellow peril" to "model minorities"--Peoples distinct from the white majority but lauded as well-assimilated, upwardly mobile, and exemplars of traditional family values--in the middle decades of the twentieth century. As Ellen Wu shows, liberals argued for the acceptance of these immigrant communities into the national fold, charging that the failure of America to live in accordance with its democratic ideals endangered the country's aspirations to world leadership. Wu highlights the contests for power and authority within Japanese and Chinese America alongside the designs of those external to these populations, including government officials, social scientists, journalists, and others. She demonstrates that the invention of the model minority took place in multiple arenas, such as battles over zoot suiters leaving wartime internment camps, the juvenile delinquency panic of the 1950s, Hawaii statehood, and the African American freedom movement. Together, these illuminate the impact of foreign relations on the domestic racial order and how the nation accepted Asians as legitimate citizens while continuing to perceive them as indelible outsiders.
Subject: Asian Americans > History > 20th century.
Asian Americans > Cultural assimilation.
Asian Americans > Ethnic identity
Asian Americans > Public opinion.
United States > Ethnic relations > History > 20th century.
United States > Race relations > Race relations > 20th century
United States > Politics and government > 1945-1989

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