Between Mao and McCarthy

Chinese American Politics in the Cold War Years

Charlotte Brooks

Between Mao and McCarthy
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Charlotte Brooks

328 pages | 11 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2015
Cloth $45.00 ISBN: 9780226193564 Will Publish January 2015
E-book $36.00 ISBN: 9780226193731 Will Publish January 2015
During the Cold War, Chinese Americans struggled to gain political influence in the United States. Considered potentially sympathetic to communism, their communities attracted substantial public and government scrutiny, particularly in San Francisco and New York.

Between Mao and McCarthy looks at the divergent ways that Chinese Americans in these two cities balanced domestic and international pressures during the tense Cold War era. On both coasts, Chinese Americans sought to gain political power and defend their civil rights, yet only the San Franciscans succeeded. Forging multiracial coalitions and encouraging voting and moderate activism, they avoided the deep divisions and factionalism that consumed their counterparts in New York. Drawing on extensive research in both Chinese- and English-language sources, Charlotte Brooks uncovers the complex, diverse, and surprisingly vibrant politics of an ethnic group trying to find its voice and flex its political muscle in Cold War America.
Gordon Chang | Stanford University
Between Mao and McCarthy opens new ground in the study of Chinese American politics.  Recovering a lost history with contemporary significance, Brooks’s energetically researched study returns a host of once prominent personalities and organizations to their place as political pioneers.  Chinese American politics were at the same time local, national, and international, as well as ethnic, ideological, and partisan.  Brooks’s richly textured account is an original and important contribution.”
Chen Jian | Cornell University
“With the support of extensive and prodigious research, Charlotte Brooks has written a path-breaking book that articulately explores the complicated relationship between, on the one hand, changing racial politics in general and the experience of Chinese-American communities in particular in the 1950s and 1960s and, on the other, the deeply politicized pressures of the Cold War environment. Between Mao and McCarthy is highly revealing and, therefore, highly recommended.”
Madeline Y. Hsu | University of Texas at Austin
“Drawing upon prodigious research, Between Mao and McCarthy remakes the possibilities of Chinese American civic participation and pushes back to the 1930s the kinds of political activism and claims once associated only with the civil rights movement. An impressively nuanced account of a complex and perplexing era.”
Matthew Briones | University of Chicago
Between Mao and McCarthy is an enlightening and engaging political history of Chinese Americans from the Depression Era to the Civil Rights Movement. Brooks’s comfort and ease in moving back and forth between languages makes for an especially compelling narrative, as she deftly unearths the moments when newspapers, advertisements, or historical actors purposely provided divergent messages or translations. She culls evidence from archives as variegated and far-flung as the Bancroft Library, the British Foreign Office on China, Congressional records, the Kennedy and Truman Libraries, the Hoover Institution, and various community association holdings. The reader is rarely left wondering whether or not the author may have missed an unturned stone here or there.”
Contents

Acknowledgments

List of Abbreviations

A Note on Names and Translations

Introduction

Chapter One

New York and San Francisco: Politics in the Political Capitals of Chinese America

Chapter Two

War, Revolution, and Political Realignment

Chapter Three

The Resurgence of China Politics

Chapter Four

Divergence: New York and San Francisco in the 1950s

Chapter Five

The “Immigration Racket” Investigation and the Rise of a New Politics

Chapter Six

Chinese Americans, Orientals, Minorities: Politics in a New Era

Epilogue

Notes

Who’s Who

Index

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