I had so much fun talking with Ellen about this really fascinating topic. She fills me in on all kinds of things – the details of how Asians went from being reviled in the United States to emerging as the “model minority” post-WWII. Chinese exclusion? Japanese internment? Yup, we talk about all these things…so how is it, then, after decades of existing on the margins, did Asian Americans carve out their so-called “model” status? Welp, I guess you will have to listen to find out (hint: it’s a Cold War story).
- Documentary evidence when studying Asian Americans in both the 19th and 20th centuries
- Common experiences of Asian immigrants from different countries
- The distinctions between Chinese Americans and Japanese Americans in the late 19th and mid-20th centuries
- Post WWII immigration of Koreans, Vietnamese, Cambodian, and Laotians
- The “Melting Pot of the Pacific”
- Chinatown(s) as a curiosity
Ellen also has some great recommendations, advice for students, and we discuss an excellent book, most certainly worthy of your attention: To Save the Children of Korea: The Cold War Story of International Adoption by Arissa H. Oh. You can find Ellen on Twitter…so give her a follow and say hi 🙂
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