Week 8 - Asian American Studies 20A: Introduction to the...

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Asian American Studies 20A: Introduction to the History of Asians in the United States Spring 2008 Professor Catherine Ceniza Choy Week Eight Tuesday, March 11 Asian Americans and the Cold War New desires and motivations for migrating to the United States, for example new relationships such as interracial marriages and international, transracial adoption of Asian children Viewing of “First Person Plural” written, directed, and produced by Deann Borshay Liem (available at Media Resource Center VIDEO/C 7533) Thursday, March 13 Asian Americans and the Cold War (Continued) Viewing of website, “Carlos Bulosan Exhibit,” with a focus on the life and work of Chris Mensalvas and Carlos Bulosan, available at http://bulosan.org/ “Paper sons” Post-1965 Asian immigration to the U.S. What did the Immigration Act of 1965 do exactly? The preference system and the distribution of immigrant visas Impact of 1965 Act on Asian American communities The international migration of Filipino nurses as an “empire of care” Tuesday -immigration is about the global presence of the US in Asian countries and how that presence creates inequality and desire for demographics something mobility to the united states - push-pull model: push immigrants to the united states , pulls ppl to other receptive countries -military base- presence of the US in other nations - ie. Post world war, Japan, Philippines, Korea, and Vietnam -not just soldiers, but popular culture -us global presence found in popularity of US pop culture
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-Cold War: conflict btwn soviet block countries and the US and Europe > military, political, ideological conflict >communism > Asia was the site of several Cold War battles > containment: try to restrict the spread of communism in Asia - military presence in Korea > created unequal power: use of land, exploitation of women (prostitutes), and the number of orphaned children (Amerasians) >created new relationships in the form of marriages btwn asian women and Us military officiers > increase in international adoption of Amerasian children > immigration of Korean adoptees >immigration of Korean military brides -Holt > international adoption agency (couple, evangelicals, began agency to relieve the plight of those children left behind) >200,000 Korean children have been sent to the US > 50,000 Korean children sent to Europe, where they make up the largest Korean
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