By Erika Lee
At America's Gates is the 1st booklet committed completely to either chinese language immigrants and the yankee immigration officers who sought to maintain them out. Erika Lee explores how chinese language exclusion legislation not just remodeled chinese language American lives, immigration styles, identities, and households but additionally recast the USA right into a "gatekeeping nation." Immigrant id, border enforcement, surveillance, and deportation rules have been prolonged a ways past any controls that had existed within the usa prior to.
Drawing on a wealthy trove of historic sources--including lately published immigration files, oral histories, interviews, and letters--Lee brings alive the forgotten trips, secrets and techniques, hardships, and triumphs of chinese language immigrants. Her well timed booklet exposes the legacy of chinese language exclusion in present American immigration regulate and race relations.
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