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Filipinos faced wage discrimination. She also shows how ideas of eugenics and morality were used to justify the deportation of illegal aliens to their homeland. Indeed, these years paved the way for an increased immigration from the Third World and continued American commitment to numerical restrictions by the imposition of quotas on Western hemisphere countries. Modern conservatives have proved to be ngaj to this historical form.

She shows that immigration restriction, particularly national-origin and numerical quotas, re-mapped the nation both by creating new categories of racial difference and by emphasizing as never before the nation’s contiguous land borders and their patrol. The stunning militarization of the U.

Mae M. Ngai, Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America

Ngai explains the purpose of the book saying, “immigrants are integral to the historical processes that define and redefine the nation. Click here to sign up.

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Ngai vigorously opposes this stereotype as it elides the existence of large numbers of working-class immigrants and undocumented workers or refugees. However, within the s Filipinos replaced Japanese farmers impoossible now faced quotas because of the immigration act of and found employment within the service sector on the West Coast.

It deals with the internment of Americans with Japanese origins in U. Regardless, both narratives are deceptive in that they manipulate US immigration history for their own ngao gains.


By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Ngai implies that the equalizing and egalitarian narrative of US immigration history, and by extension the idea of American exceptionalism, is a falsely ascribed—and hardly deserved—narrative.

Government and the Mexican Government to curb illegal flows through deportation of Mexicans. Ngai flips the script on the notion that HC was a liberal act of American progress on immigration. The chapter ends by talking about how Mexicans and other Americans south of the United States were left unaffected by this law which, as their agricultural labor was still necessary, deemed them “white”. Border Patrol and Immigration and Naturalization Service.

References to this book Between Two Empires: See for example the very recent film Soy Ne A must read for anyone seeking to understand immigration laws, policies, and the reasons for hostility towards migrants. A caricature is a misrepresenting of a person and however condescending that depiction is, the caricature at least has human characteristics.

She discusses how immigration policy was affected during the years of by World War II. Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations. Nevertheless, the risk of deportation for the confessor and his family and the lack of benefits from confessing created fear in both the Chinese and white community. Account Options Sign in.

Help Center Find new research papers in: With a mixture of Japanese and American politics, culture camps celebrated both the anniversary of Lincoln and the Emperor, exemplifying the tension generated by patriotic ties both to the US and Japan.

However, Filipino immigration differed from other migration experiences, owing to the Philippines’ status of US territory as a result of US victory in the Spanish American war.

The court cases are also used to show how the United States judicial system and the government approached the legality of immigration and assimilation over time.

This book traces the origins of the “illegal alien” in American law and society, explaining why and how illegal migration became the central problem in U. She uses Japanese internment camps as evidence of their lack of legal and social inclusion in the United States.

The author was a labor-union organizer before becoming Professor of history and Asian American Studies at Columbia University. If the racialized sexual representations of Filipinos as feminized males are well studied, the way immigrant policies affected gender dynamics is largely underestimated.


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Please consider summarizing the material while citing sources as needed. Structural DeterminantsWestport, Praeger, The chapter talks about how the national law that came from this sentiment, known as the Johnson-Reed Act ofdivided European peoples into differing levels of “whiteness” defined by nationality and based their quotas on that.

Indeed, the carrot and stick policy of the Immigration and Naturalization Service INSan agency created inis analyzed through Operation Wetback, developed in by the U. The renunciation by Japanese of their American maae is a real crisis of citizenship and probably one of the darkest episodes in the history of civil subjcts in the United States since the Jim Crow laws. Please improve this by adding secondary or tertiary sources. She concludes part IV by showing how the immigration policies during the time period after contributed to increased illegal immigration and heightened a seemingly unsolvable problem going forward.


Mae Ngai offers a close reading of the legal regime of restriction that commenced in the s–its statutory architecture, judicial genealogies, administrative enforcement, differential treatment of European and non-European migrants, and long-term effects. Filipino migrant laborers worked mostly in the Pacific Northwest and California on summer contracts. The impressive compilation of institutional archives has to be noted, some of which previously unstudied, such as the U.

Insightful historical perspective on the issues of migration, impossihle, and second-class citizenship status.

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History at the University of Chicago. The book was indeed published at the time of the immigration reform proposal by George Bush Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.