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The Strategic Production of Chinese Immigrants as Model Minorities, 1948-1965
Barnard College Sulzberger Parlor, 3rd Floor Barnard Hall West 117th Street and Broadway

Between the end of World War II and the passage of the 1965 Immigration Act, Chinese immigrants rapidly evolved from a “yellow peril” to a “model minority.” This shift reveals how immigration laws and practices moved from ideological and legal considerations of race and national origin to preferences for individuals who were suited to America’s economic and employment needs post-1965, thus designating Chinese, and other Asian immigrants, as high achieving “model minorities.” Madeline Y. Hsu is director of the Center for Asian American Studies and associate professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of Dreaming of Gold, Dreaming of Home: Transnationalism and Migration Between the United States and South China, 1882-1943.

Date: September 26, 2013
Time: 6:00 PM-8:00 PM

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