By Charlotte Brooks
Among the early 1900s and the past due Nineteen Fifties, the attitudes of white Californians towards their Asian American acquaintances developed from outright hostility to relative recognition. Charlotte Brooks examines this variation in the course of the lens of California’s city housing markets, arguing that the perceived foreignness of Asian americans, which in the beginning stranded them in segregated parts, finally facilitated their integration into neighborhoods that confounded different minorities.Against the backdrop of chilly battle efforts to win Asian hearts and minds, whites who observed little distinction among Asians and Asian american citizens more and more recommended the latter group’s entry to middle-class lifestyles and the residential components that went with it. yet as they remodeled Asian american citizens right into a “model minority,” whites purposefully missed the lengthy backstory of chinese language and eastern 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 huge diversity of resources in a number of languages, giving voice to an array of neighborhood leaders, newshounds, activists, and homeowners—and insightfully conveying the complexity of racialized housing in a multiracial society.
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Extra info for Alien Neighbors, Foreign Friends: Asian Americans, Housing, and the Transformation of Urban California (Historical Studies of Urban America)
California’s first constitution even denied African Americans and American Indians the right to vote or to testify against whites in court. 17 Some fled upheaval and unrest. In the 1850s and early 1860s, the Taiping Rebellion, a massive internal revolt, claimed twenty million lives and devastated the infrastructure and economy of central and southern China. A connected rebellion, the Red Turban uprising, convulsed Guangdong Province and created an impetus for emigration. ” When the Central Pacific Railroad, desperate for labor, recruited Chinese both in California and China, the company found thousands of willing workers.
The city’s Chinese population, which fell from about 14,000 in 1900 to 7,750 in 1920, shot up to more than 16,000 by 1930. Some of the growth stemmed from illegal immigration, which continued for decades after the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882; the ratio of Chinese American men to women remained very high in Chinatown, in part because of such immigration. Still, in the 1910s and 1920s a growing number of Chinatown couples gave birth to children in San Francisco. S. S. citizens. By the late 1920s, hundreds of these young citizens filled the streets and schools of Chinatown.
In the mid-1920s, she moved to San Francisco and built the Low Apartments, a Western-style building near the North Beach border. The owner of what the San Francisco Chronicle called “America’s first high class apartment house built exclusively for Chinese” had already leased more than half of its twenty-four apartments, the best in Chinatown, before they were even completed. 71 Still, their takeover did not improve neighborhood housing in the increasingly overcrowded district, particularly for the working-class majority.
Alien Neighbors, Foreign Friends: Asian Americans, Housing, and the Transformation of Urban California (Historical Studies of Urban America) by Charlotte Brooks