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Paper Families: Identity, Immigration Administration, and Chinese Exclusion (Politics, History, and Culture) Paperback – April 4, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0822337478 ISBN-10: 0822337479

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Product Details

  • Series: Politics, History, and Culture
  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books (April 4, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822337479
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822337478
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,380,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Original, detailed, and methodologically rigorous, Paper Families shows not only how the Chinese Exclusion Act shaped the identities of Chinese immigrant communities and individuals but also how the efforts of Chinese Americans in turn altered the standards and behavior of federal officials.”—Frank H. Wu, author of Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White

“This is a wonderfully nuanced case study of the formative period in U.S. immigration policy between the Civil War and the end of World War II. Estelle T. Lau highlights how immigrant identity formation was a two-way process involving both the immigrants and the relentless efforts of immigration officials to exclude them. She deftly and incisively uses her case study to illuminate the evolution of U.S. immigration policy overall.”—Edward O. Laumann, George Herbert Mead Distinguished Service Professor of Sociology, University of Chicago

About the Author

Estelle T. Lau is a practicing attorney and an independent scholar. She has a doctorate in sociology from the University of Chicago and a law degree from Harvard University.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cloud on May 29, 2007
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A great resource for anyone interested in the Chinese American experience or the development of the INS (Immigration & Naturalization Services). Many defining aspects of the American Chinatown culture and psychology is surprisingly the result of the Paper Family subtefuge. This unique journey of the early Chinese immigrants is recounted with clarity, scholarship and understanding.
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