By Charlotte Brooks
Between the early 1900s and the past due Nineteen Fifties, the attitudes of white Californians towards their Asian American pals advanced from outright hostility to relative attractiveness. Charlotte Brooks examines this change 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, ultimately facilitated their integration into neighborhoods that defied different minorities.
Against the backdrop of chilly struggle efforts to win Asian hearts and minds, whites who observed little distinction among Asians and Asian american citizens more and more endorsed 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 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 large variety of assets in a number of languages, giving voice to an array of group leaders, reporters, 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