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The Good Immigrants: How the Yellow Peril Became the Model Minority

Madeline Y. Hsu


Conventionally, U.S. immigration history has been understood through the lens of restriction and those who have been barred from getting in. In contrast, this book considers immigration from the perspective of Chinese elites—intellectuals, businessmen, and students—who gained entrance because of immigration exemptions. Exploring a century of Chinese migrations, the book looks at how the model minority characteristics of many Asian Americans resulted from U.S. policies that screened for those with the highest credentials in the most employable fields, enhancing American economic competitiveness ... More

Keywords: U.S. immigration, Chinese elites, immigration exemption, Chinese migration, Asian Americans, China, Chinese students, immigration law, 1965 Immigration Act

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780691164021
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691164021.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Madeline Y. Hsu, author
University of Texas