Chinese Exclusion Act/Bibliography

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A list of key readings about Chinese Exclusion Act.
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  • Ahmad, Diana L. The Opium Debate And Chinese Exclusion Laws In The Nineteenth-Century American West (2007)
  • Calavita, Kitty. "The Paradoxes of Race, Class, Identity, and 'Passing': Enforcing the Chinese Exclusion Acts, 1882–1910," Law and Social Inquiry (Winter 2000) 25:1–40 in JSTOR
  • Chan, Sucheng, ed. Entry Denied: Exclusion and the Chinese Community in America, 1882-1943. (1991). 286 pp. online edition
  • Chen, Yong. Chinese San Francisco, 1850–1943: A Trans-Pacific Community (2000).
  • Chung, S.F. "Chinese Immigrants, African Americans, and Racial Anxiety in the United States, 1848-82," California History, Vol. 82, Fall 2004 online edition
  • Coolidge, Mary Roberts. Chinese Immigration (1909), complete text online
  • Ettinger, Patrick. "'We Sometimes Wonder What They Will Spring on Us Next': Immigrants and Border Enforcement in the American West, 1882-1930." Western Historical Quarterly 2006 37(2): 159-181. Issn: 0043-3810 Fulltext: History Cooperative
  • Griffith, Sarah M. "Border Crossings: Race, Class, and Smuggling in Pacific Coast Chinese Immigrant Society." Western Historical Quarterly 2004 35(4): 473-492. Issn: 0043-3810 Fulltext: History Cooperative
  • Gyory, Andrew. Closing the Gate: Race, Politics, and the Chinese Exclusion Act (1998), blames eastern politicians, not Californians, for passage excerpt and text search; also online edition
  • Hing, Bill Ong. Making and Remaking Asian America through Immigration Policy, 1850-1990 (1993) online edition
  • Hunt, Michael. The Making of a Special Relationship: The United States and China to 1914 (1983), on diplomacy of restriction online edition
  • Jung, Moon-ho. "Outlawing 'Coolies': Race, Nation, and Empire in the Age of Emancipation." American Quarterly 2005 57(3): 677-701. Issn: 0003-0678 Fulltext: Project Muse
  • Lau, Estelle. Paper Families: Identity, Immigration Administration, and Chinese Exclusion (2006) excerpt and text search
  • Lee, Erika. "Enforcing the Borders: Chinese Exclusion along the U.S. Borders with Canada and Mexico, 1882–1924," Journal of American History 89 (June 2002): 54–86. in JSTOR
  • Lee, Erika. "The Chinese Exclusion Example: Race, Immigration, and American Gatekeeping, 1882-1924." Journal of American Ethnic History 2002 21(3): 36-62. Issn: 0278-5927 Fulltext: Ebsco
  • Lee, Erika. At America's Gates: Chinese Immigration during the Exclusion Era, 1882-1943 (2003) excerpt and text search
  • McKeown, Adam. "Ritualization of Regulation: the Enforcement of Chinese Exclusion in the United States and China." American Historical Review 2003 108(2): 377-403. Issn: 0002-8762 Fulltext: History Cooperative
  • Mckeown, Adam. "Transnational Chinese Families and Chinese Exclusion, 1875-1943." Journal of American Ethnic History 1999 18(2): 73-110. Issn: 0278-5927 Fulltext: Ebsco
  • Miller, Stuart Creighton. The Unwelcome Immigrant: The American Image of the Chinese, 1785–1882 (1969)
  • Naruta, Anna Noel. "Creating Whiteness in California: Racialization Processes, Land, and Policy in the Context of California's Chinese Exclusion Movements, 1850 to 1910." PhD dissertation U. of California, Berkeley 2006. 300 pp. DAI 2007 67(8): 3038-9. 3228437 Fulltext: ProQuest Dissertations & Theses
  • Peffer, George Anthony. If They Don't Bring Their Women Here: Chinese Female Immigration before Exclusion (1999) excerpt and text search
  • Salyer, Lucy. Laws Harsh as Tigers: Chinese Immigrants and the Shaping of Modern Immigration Law (1995). online edition
  • Saxton, Alexander. The Indispensable Enemy: Labor and the Anti-Chinese Movement in California (1971)
  • Tong, Benson. The Chinese Americans. (2000) , 248pp online edition

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