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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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“A Pressing Problem of Interracial Justice”

“A Pressing Problem of Interracial Justice”

Repealing Chinese Exclusion, 1937–1943

(p.81) Chapter 4 “A Pressing Problem of Interracial Justice”
The Good Immigrants

Madeline Y. Hsu

Princeton University Press

This chapter describes how international war compelled repeal of the Chinese exclusion laws, which were seen as unacceptable insults to a wartime ally. As the first liberalization of immigration law since 1924, the campaign for repeal showcased long-simmering contradictions between foreign policy agendas, nativist racism, ethnic and religious groups, organized labor, and economic priorities that would channel and distort the long struggle for immigration reform and eventual passage of the Hart–Celler Act of 1965. With her Christian upbringing, American education, and proximity to power in China, Madame Chiang Kai-shek served as a potent symbol of the humanity and assimilability of Chinese as well as the possibility that long-cherished missionary dreams for the transformation of China into a Christian, democratic nation might be realized.

Keywords:   Chinese exclusion laws, international war, foreign policy, immigration law, racism, religious groups, Hart–Celler Act 1965, Chiang Kai-shek, China

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