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Garden of the WorldAsian Immigrants and the Making of Agriculture in California's Santa Clara Valley$
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Cecilia M. Tsu

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199734771

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199734771.001.0001

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“Independent of the Unskilled Chinaman”

“Independent of the Unskilled Chinaman”

Race, Labor, and Family Farming

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(p.15) 1 “Independent of the Unskilled Chinaman”
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Garden of the World
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Cecilia M. Tsu

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199734771.003.0002

This chapter investigates the articulation of the white family farm ideal in the late nineteenth century and its call for a labor system that relied exclusively on the toil of white men, women, and children within the family unit. White growers needed Asian labor but felt compelled to maintain the family farm ideal and to defend themselves against accusations of supporting Asian immigration. To resolve this dilemma, however imperfectly, many Santa Clara Valley boosters and residents ideologically excluded Chinese immigrants from orchard fruit growing and family farming on the grounds that they were sojourning bachelors fit only for the tedious, labor-intensive cultivation of berries, truck crops, and garden seed.

Keywords:   Chinese immigrants, agriculture, family farming, labor, gender ideology

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