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Alien Neighbors, Foreign Friends: Asian Americans, Housing, and the Transformation of Urban California (Historical Studies of Urban America)

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Between the early 1900s and the late 1950s, the attitudes of white Californians toward their Asian American neighbors evolved from outright hostility to relative acceptance. Charlotte Brooks examines this transformation through the lens of California’s urban housing markets, arguing that the perceived foreignness of Asian Americans, which initially stranded them in segregated areas, eventually facilitated their integration into neighborhoods that rejected other minorities.

Against the backdrop of cold war efforts to win Asian hearts and minds, whites who saw little difference between Asians and Asian Americans increasingly advocated the latter group’s access to middle-class life and the residential areas that went with it. But as they transformed Asian Americans into a “model minority,” whites purposefully ignored the long backstory of Chinese and Japanese Americans’ early and largely failed attempts to participate in public and private housing programs. As Brooks tells this multifaceted story, she draws on a broad range of sources in multiple languages, giving voice to an array of community leaders, journalists, activists, and homeowners—and insightfully conveying the complexity of racialized housing in a multiracial society.

About the Author

Charlotte Brooks is assistant professor of history at Baruch College, City University of New York.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

List of Abbreviations

Introduction

 

Part I. Alien Neighbors

 

Chapter 1

Chinatown, San Francisco: Americas First Segregated Neighborhood

 

Chapter 2

Los Angeles: Americas “White Spot”

 

Chapter 3

The New Deals Third Track: Asian American Citizenship and Public Housing in Depression-Era Los Angeles

 

Chapter 4

“Housing Seems to Be the Problem”: Asian Americans and New Deal Housing Programs in San Francisco

 

Chapter 5

The Subdivision and the War: From Jefferson Park to Internment

 

Part II. Foreign Friends

 

Chapter 6

“Glorified and Mounted on a Pedestal”: San Francisco Chinatown at War

 

Chapter 7

Equally Unequal: Asian Americans and the Fight for Housing Rights in Postwar California

 

Chapter 8

“The Orientals Whose Friendship Is So Important”: Asian Americans and the Values of Property in Cold War California

 

Epilogue

 

Notes

 Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226075976
Author:
Brooks, Charlotte
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
History
Subject:
Public opinion
Subject:
Sociology - Urban
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Political culture -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Discrimination in housing -- California.
Subject:
Sociology-Urban Studies
Subject:
Ethnic Studies-Asian American
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Historical Studies of Urban America
Publication Date:
20090431
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 halftones, 9 line drawings, 1 table
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » Asian American
History and Social Science » Sociology » Urban Studies » General
History and Social Science » US History » 20th Century » General
History and Social Science » World History » General

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