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Episode #21 Asian Americans and the Origins of the Model Minority with Ellen Wu

ellen-photoI 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).

We discuss:

  • 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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Episode #4 The Non-Aligned World with Robert Rakove

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Joining me today is Robert Rakove, author of Kennedy, Johnson, and the Non-Aligned World

This episode is pretty much the straight dope on the Kennedy and Johnson administrations and their approach to those places in the world that did not choose sides in the Cold War.

And not for nothing…I throw Rob a couple of surprise questions…which he handles with unmatched skill!

We discuss:

  • What it means when we say “non-aligned”
  • The Eisenhower administration and the spread of communism
  • How Kennedy and his successor, Johnson changed course
  • The repercussions of their approach

Rob has some great advice for students of history, and makes a book rec that I think we all should jump on – Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age by Kevin Boyle

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