Weissman School of Arts & Sciences presents: Charlotte Brooks, American Exodus: Second-Generation Chinese Americans in China, 1901-1949
Thursday, March 12, 2020
Newman Vertical Campus
55 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10010
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. American Exodus: Second-Generation Chinese Americans in China, 1901-1949 is the first book 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.
Registration not required. Free to attend.