Join us virtually to meet and talk with Professor Charlotte Brooks about her newest book, American Exodus Second-Generation Chinese Americans in China, 1901–1949, the first to explore this extraordinary migration of Chinese Americans. Their exodus shaped Sino-American relations, the development of key economic sectors in China, the character of social life in its coastal cities, debates about the meaning of culture and “modernity” there, and the U.S. government’s approach to citizenship and expatriation in the interwar years. The program is moderated by Nancy Yao Maasbach, MOCA President.
In the first decades of the 20th century, almost half of the Chinese Americans born in the United States moved to China—a relocation they assumed would be permanent. At a time when people from around the world flocked to the United States, this little-noticed emigration belied America’s image as a magnet for immigrants and a land of upward mobility for all. Fleeing racism, Chinese Americans who sought greater opportunities saw China, a tottering empire and then a struggling republic, as their promised land.
Charlotte Brooks is a professor of history at Baruch College, CUNY. A scholar of race, immigration, and urban history, she has published widely on Asian American history, especially Chinese American history. Her newest book is American Exodus: Second-Generation Chinese Americans in China, 1901-1949 (University of California Press, 2019). She is also the author of Between Mao and McCarthy: Chinese American Politics in the Cold War Years (University of Chicago Press, 2015), and Alien Neighbors, Foreign Friends: Asian Americans, Housing, and the Transformation of Urban California (University of Chicago Press, 2009).
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