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Citizens of Asian AmericaDemocracy and Race during the Cold War$
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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

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McCarran Act Persecutions and the Fight for Alien Rights

McCarran Act Persecutions and the Fight for Alien Rights

(p.117) Chapter 4 McCarran Act Persecutions and the Fight for Alien Rights
Citizens of Asian America

Cindy I-Fen Cheng

NYU Press

This chapter examines the federal government's suppression of the political activities of Korean radicals in the United States in an effort to protect the integrity of the country's political system. After providing an overview of the McCarran Act of 1950 and the rise of the Los Angeles Committee for Protection of Foreign Born, the chapter explains how the McCarran Act was used by the federal government to monitor the nation's political activities and to identify the aliens, especially those from countries that had become communist, as most susceptible to communist infiltration. Citing the arrests of Korean immigrants David Hyun and Diamond Kimm, it highlights the U.S. government's narrow understanding of communist activities and which activities it deemed “un-American” and undermined the superiority of U.S. democracy. It also considers how the Hyun and Kimm cases revealed the efforts of progressive organizations to fight against the stigma of communism and of the foreign.

Keywords:   political activities, McCarran Act 1950, Los Angeles Committee for Protection of Foreign Born, aliens, David Hyun, Diamond Kimm, U.S.democracy, progressive organizations, communism, Korean immigrants

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