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Date(s) - 02/24/2016
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Garrison Hall 4.100

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The Institute for Historical Studies in the Department of History invites you to:
“The Good Immigrants: How the Yellow Peril Became the Model Minority”
A book talk and discussion with the author:
Madeline Y. Hsu
Associate Professor of History
University of Texas at Austin
Wed, February 24, 2016
GAR 4.100
“‘America is a land of immigrants’–so true. But the state determines who it wants and doesn’t want in decidedly unsentimental ways. Hsu’s deeply researched and empathetically narrated history reveals how racial thinking, economic need, and international politics transformed the Chinese from being mostly undesirable to selectively welcomed and celebrated. This is an important study of personal experiences and policy in Cold War America.”
-Gordon H. Chang, Stanford University
“How did the ‘yellow peril’ become the ‘model minority’? Hsu’s compelling book demonstrates that the admission of Asian scholars and businessmen to the United States set a pattern of valuing Asian newcomers with economically advantageous skills–a pattern that still shapes immigration and assimilation today. Bringing together legal and social history and biography to explore racial categorization, discrimination, and global economics, this meticulously researched book is essential to scholars and students of American policy debates.”
-Alan M. Kraut, American University
“The Good Immigrants is an impeccably researched and poignant history of Chinese students and intellectuals in the United States. Exceptional in their legal status, they were nonetheless buffeted by the overarching politics of U.S.-China relations. Hsu places into historical context such figures as Madame Chiang Kai-shek, I. M. Pei, Chen-Ning Yang, and many others who, as a group, constituted the bridge between the ‘yellow peril’ and ‘model minority.'”
-Mae Ngai, Columbia University
More about The Good Immigrants at:
Please email courtney to sign-up to attend the discussion and receive the book selection.