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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 Best Type of Chinese”

“The Best Type of Chinese”

Aid Refugee Chinese Intellectuals and Symbolic Refugee Relief, 1952–1960

(p.130) Chapter 6 “The Best Type of Chinese”
The Good Immigrants

Madeline Y. Hsu

Princeton University Press

This chapter looks at the enactment of political agendas under the guise of humanitarian outreach through the operations of the CIA-funded Aid Refugee Chinese Intellectuals, Inc. (ARCI). This ostensibly nongovernmental agency targeted intellectual Chinese for assistance and migration, first to aid the Nationalists on Taiwan and then to the United States in fulfillment of the Refugee Relief Act of 1953. Despite the limits of U.S. assistance, the Department of State, through the Office of Refugee and Migration Affairs (ORM) and the U.S. Information Agency (USIA), sought to maximize the impact of such symbolic relief programs. Cold War propaganda proclaimed American friendship and concern for Chinese overseas while reassuring Americans domestically that applicants vetted not only for political views but also for prearranged employment.

Keywords:   humanitarian outreach, Aid Refugee Chinese Intellectuals, CIA, political agendas, intellectual Chinese, Refugee Relief Act 1953, Office of Refugee and Migration Affairs, U.S. Information Agency, Cold War propaganda

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