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    Historically, when Americans feel insecure about their economic future, vicious anti-Asian racism has often been the result.

    Driven Out: The Forgotten War Against Chinese Americans by Jean Pfaelzer, University of Delaware

    Excerpt from a New York Times book review:

    “Driven Out” cites records of more than 100 roundups, pogroms, expulsions and ethnic cleansings (to use Pfaelzer’s various terms for these actions) in which white Westerners united to drive the Chinese out of their communities from 1850 to 1906. They used warnings, arson, boycotts and violence to achieve their goal. In many circumstances, labor organizations led the campaigns, casting the Chinese as competitors for jobs and depressors of wages. But middle-class civic leaders often acted in alliance with workers.

    And what motivated the proud participants in these acts of stunning cruelty? Following the influential work of the historian Alexander Saxton, Pfaelzer — a professor of English, East Asian studies and American studies at the University of Delaware — points to the disappointment and disillusion that afflicted many seekers of fortune in the American West, native-born whites and European immigrants alike. When the West defaulted on their high expectations, they directed their frustration at the Chinese. In a more subtle casting of this usual explanation, Pfaelzer portrays it as an act of projection. “Whites saw in Chinese workers precisely what they hated about their own lives: hard and underpaid work, long hours, poor living conditions and a dearth of women.” In other words, white workers made the Chinese their scapegoats because of the similarities, rather than the differences, between them.

    The Dutch kids' chorus Kinderen voor Kinderen wishes all the world's children freedom from hunger, ignorance, and war.

    by lotlizard on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 05:42:57 PM PST

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