Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Citizens of Asian AmericaDemocracy and Race during the Cold War$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Cindy I-Fen Cheng

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814759356

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814759356.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM NYU Press SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.nyu.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of NYU Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in NYSO for personal use.date: 27 May 2022

Living in the Suburbs, Becoming Americans

Living in the Suburbs, Becoming Americans

(p.57) Chapter 2 Living in the Suburbs, Becoming Americans
Citizens of Asian America

Cindy I-Fen Cheng

NYU Press

This chapter examines suburbanization as a process of Americanization and how racialized minorities, particularly Asian Americans, came to be regarded as assimilable during the early Cold War years. Drawing on the case of Sing Sheng in San Francisco, it considers how the shift in the way Asian Americans were perceived by dominant society, from unassimilable to assimilable, documented the changes that occurred in Cold War America to make racial equality a desirable ideal. It also discusses the ways state-sponsored studies emphasized assimilation not only as an effective means to rectify the housing disparities between whites and nonwhites, but also as an important ideological construct that prevented racism from undermining the credibility of U.S. democracy. Finally, it explains how ideas about gender and sexuality bolstered the desirability of Asian Americans in Cold War America. The chapter suggests that the path to residential freedom entailed not only the outlawing of race-based restrictions in housing but also nonwhite assimilation to the values and lifestyle of white middle-class suburbanites.

Keywords:   suburbanization, Americanization, Sing Sheng, Asian Americans, racial equality, assimilation, racism, U.S. democracy, sexuality, housing

NYU Press Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.