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The Good ImmigrantsHow the Yellow Peril Became the Model Minority$
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Madeline Y. Hsu

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780691164021

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691164021.001.0001

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“The Anglo-Saxons of the Orient”

“The Anglo-Saxons of the Orient”

Student Exceptions to the Racial Bar against Chinese, 1872−1925

Chapter 2 “The Anglo-Saxons of the Orient”
The Good Immigrants

Madeline Y. Hsu

Princeton University Press

This chapter begins with the story of Yung Kuai, a Chinese Educational Mission (CEM) student who graduated from Yale but remained in America for the rest of his life where he married a Euro-American woman and raised a biracial family, which he supported by working as a diplomat at the Chinese embassy. Yung Kuai's story reveals the holes in Asian exclusion, from the welcomed presence of the CEM in New England even at the height of the anti-Chinese movement in California, and highlights the efforts of Americans such as missionaries, educators, and diplomats who treated Chinese as culturally distinct yet malleable in ways that could be turned to advantage. Fears that unilaterally imposed immigration restrictions might damage relations with China meant that initial forays into imposing controls came through diplomatic negotiations.

Keywords:   Yung Kuai, Chinese Educational Mission, America, biracial family, Asian exclusion, anti-Chinese movement, immigration restrictions, China

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