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

By Charlotte Brooks

Between the early 1900s and the overdue Fifties, the attitudes of white Californians towards their Asian American buddies advanced from outright hostility to relative reputation. Charlotte Brooks examines this modification during the lens of California’s city housing markets, arguing that the perceived foreignness of Asian american citizens, which in the beginning stranded them in segregated parts, finally facilitated their integration into neighborhoods that confounded different minorities.

Against the backdrop of chilly warfare 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 existence and the residential components 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 americans’ 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 large diversity of resources 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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