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Charlotte Brooks
CUNY Research Foundation, Bernard Baruch College (New York, NY 10010-5585)
Immigrants from America: The Chinese American Second Generation in China, 1900-1949

A book-length study of the history of Chinese Americans who migrated back to China in the first half of the 20th century, and of their contributions to the Republic of China.

Before World War II, people of Chinese ancestry born in the United States enjoyed few opportunities in America because of racial discrimination there. After the 1911 collapse of China's last imperial dynasty, many Chinese American citizens began to see the young republic that replaced it as a land of opportunity. Almost twenty percent of Chinese American citizens between 1912 and 1937 eventually left the United States and moved to China for careers, education, and to build the new nation. This project is the first study of these people, who helped shape Republican China's early institutions, organizations, companies, schools, cities, and politics. Through examining the lives and experiences of these forgotten Chinese Americans, the project will offer new perspectives on nation-building and economic development in China, the evolution of US citizenship and expatriation policies, and the fraught Sino-American relationship during the first half of the twentieth century.

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Project fields:
East Asian History; Immigration History; U.S. History

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$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2017 – 12/31/2017