By Charlotte Brooks
Between the early 1900s and the overdue Fifties, the attitudes of white Californians towards their Asian American pals developed from outright hostility to relative reputation. Charlotte Brooks examines this alteration in the course of the lens of California’s city housing markets, arguing that the perceived foreignness of Asian american citizens, which at first stranded them in segregated components, ultimately 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 americans more and more recommended the latter group’s entry to middle-class existence and the residential parts that went with it. yet as they reworked Asian americans right into a “model minority,” whites purposefully neglected the lengthy backstory of chinese language and jap americans’ early and mostly failed makes an attempt to take part in private and non-private housing courses. As Brooks tells this multifaceted tale, she attracts on a vast variety 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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Alien Neighbors, Foreign Friends: Asian Americans, Housing, and the Transformation of Urban California (Historical Studies of Urban America) by Charlotte Brooks