Alien Neighbors, Foreign Friends: Asian Americans, Housing, by Charlotte Brooks

By Charlotte Brooks

Among the early 1900s and the overdue Nineteen Fifties, the attitudes of white Californians towards their Asian American associates advanced from outright hostility to relative attractiveness. Charlotte Brooks examines this variation throughout the lens of California’s city housing markets, arguing that the perceived foreignness of Asian americans, which at first stranded them in segregated parts, ultimately facilitated their integration into neighborhoods that confounded different minorities.Against the backdrop of chilly struggle efforts to win Asian hearts and minds, whites who observed little distinction among Asians and Asian american citizens more and more encouraged the latter group’s entry to middle-class lifestyles and the residential parts that went with it. yet as they remodeled Asian american citizens right into a “model minority,” whites purposefully neglected the lengthy backstory of chinese language and jap american citizens’ early and principally failed makes an attempt to take part in private and non-private housing courses. As Brooks tells this multifaceted tale, she attracts on a extensive diversity of assets in a number of languages, giving voice to an array of neighborhood leaders, reporters, activists, and homeowners—and insightfully conveying the complexity of racialized housing in a multiracial society.

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In reality, the first Chinese immigrants had been easier to “handle” because they lacked a strong homeland Chinatown: America’s First Segregated Neighborhood 37 government to protect them. 78 Many of the white tourists who flocked to Chinatown by the 1920s wanted to see a sanitized version of the “old type” Chinese, members of a supposedly ancient and backward race that posed no threat to white dominance. Not all visitors came for racial affirmation; some simply enjoyed the unusual, and like amusement park rides, Chinatown’s “dangers” were titillating but never really menacing.

51 Japanese immigrants did not encounter quite the same extreme degree of segregation that Chinese Americans did, however. Neither federal nor local officials would tolerate the kind of violence that the Chinese routinely faced in nineteenth-century San Francisco. 52 Local politicians still fulminated against the Japanese, but none promoted the kind of vigilantism that prompted an earlier generation of Chinese to take refuge within Chinatown’s borders. Segregationist sentiments persevered in less violent ways, however.

In the wake of severe job losses and wage cuts in the eastern United States, thousands of unemployed young white men came west by rail hoping for work. Compounding the problem, eastern manufacturers after the Civil War began to dump goods cheaply in western markets. Many 18 Chapter One San Francisco factories closed, and those that remained in business sometimes fired whites and hired Chinese who were willing to work for less. The Workingmen’s Party of California (WPC) emerged from this volatile situation.

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