Alien Nation: Chinese Migration in the Americas from the Coolie Era Through World War II


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University of North Carolina Press
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6.21 X 9.25 X 0.89 inches | 1.24 pounds

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About the Author

Elliott Young is professor of Latin American and borderlands history at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.


Young's intricately plotted story of Chinese alien status during the coolie era shows that it also had a racial dimension.--American Quarterly

[This] solidly researched book [is] informative and rewarding, a welcome addition to a topic important then and now.--Hispanic American Historical Review

Sheds light on many little known facts and details. . . . A fascinating, well-written, and well-documented work.--Oregon Historical Quarterly

An excellent contribution to our growing understanding of one of the 19th and 20th centuries' most significant migration flows.--World History Connected

This excellent book will interest students of the formation of state immigration bureaucracies, administrative law, law as engaged by people, and Chinese diasporas.--Journal of American History

A sweeping yet nuanced study of transnational Chinese migration to the Americas, spanning the mid-nineteenth century through the decade of the Great Depression . . . . Young has done a great service for scholars of migration studies, the Chinese in the Americas, borderlands, and transnational history in general.--H-Net Reviews

The book remains valuable as a history of the development of anti-Chinese immigration systems across the Western Hemisphere.--American Historical Review

Provides a hemispheric and global perspective that builds on earlier studies, bringing them together into one comprehensive analysis.--Labour/Le Travail