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Citizens of Asian America: Democracy and Race during the Cold War

Cindy I-Fen Cheng


During the Cold War, Soviet propaganda highlighted U.S. racism in order to undermine the credibility of U.S. democracy. In response, incorporating racial and ethnic minorities in order to affirm that America worked to ensure the rights of all and was superior to communist countries became a national imperative. This book explores how Asian Americans figured in this effort to shape the credibility of U.S. democracy, even while the perceived “foreignness” of Asian Americans cast them as likely alien subversives whose activities needed monitoring following the communist revolution in China and th ... More

Keywords: U.S.racism, Cold War, America, U.S. democracy, Asian Americans, civil rights reforms, immigration, civil rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780814759356
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814759356.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cindy I-Fen Cheng, author