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ASIAN AM 160 Lecture 8: Asian American History Lecture 8
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Asian American Studies
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ASIAN AM 160
Professor
Cheng Cindy

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Implications for Racial Formation of Chinese in U.S.
Racializing the Chinese
Scapegoats
o Group singled out for unmerited blame
o The Chinese were not able to vote, they were in the minority, so it is easy to put
the blame on them because they can’t fight back
Unassimilable
o Incapable of assimilating to norms of Anglo-Saxon culture
o Can “assimilation overcome the colorline?
More likely not due to the Chinese looking different
Implication for Regulation of Sexual Relations in U.S.
Chinese Women
Threatened normative sexual practices in U.S.
o Sexual practices contained within marriage
o Between one man and one woman
o Between one white man and one woman
There were laws against interracial sexual relations
Illegal to marry other races
Crossing of racial and class lines = moral and racial pollution
o Chinese prostitutes believed to carry more virulent strain veneral disease that
could poison the Anglo-Saxon blood and bring downfall
Government regulation of “Intimate Relations”
Japanese Immigration
Historical Context of Japanese Immigration to Hawaii and U.S.
Since mid-17th century Japanese era of isolation from West
o Forbade travel
Netherlands only western country with trade ties
Expedition of U.S. Naval officer, Commodore Matthew C. Perry (1853, 1854)
o U.S. sought trade routes not monopolized by European countries
o Part of U.S. expansionist efforts to become major power like Europe
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Implications for Racial Formation of Chinese in U.S. Racializing the Chinese  Scapegoats o Group singled out for unmerited blame o The Chinese were not able to vote, they were in the minority, so it is easy to put the blame on them because they can’t fight back  Unassimilable o Incapable of assimilating to norms of Anglo-Saxon culture o Can “assimilation overcome the colorline?  More likely not due to the Chinese looking different Implication for Regulation of Sexual Relations in U.S. Chinese Women  Threatened normative sexual practices in U.S. o Sexual practices contained within marriage o Between one man and one woman o Between one white man and one woman  There were laws against interracial sexual relations  Illegal to marry other races  Crossing of racial and class lines = moral and racial pollution o Chinese prostitutes believed to carry more virulent strain veneral disease that could poison the Anglo-Saxon blood and bring downfall  Government regulation of “Intimate Relations” Japanese Immigration Historical Context of Japanese Immigration to Hawaii and U.S.
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