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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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From Menace to Model

From Menace to Model

Reshaping the “Oriental Problem”

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Garden of the World

Cecilia M. Tsu

Oxford University Press

This chapter documents how in the aftermath of a systematic wave of discriminatory legislation aimed at Asians, white residents of the Santa Clara Valley began to adopt positive views of the Asians in their midst, particularly second-generation, American-born children of Chinese and Japanese immigrants, considered high-achieving and rapidly assimilating. Social scientists from the Survey of Race Relations undertook a massive study of the “Oriental Problem” during the mid-1920s and selected Santa Clara County as one of their primary research sites. They discovered that white racial attitudes, largely formed through interactions in the agricultural industry, were characterized by class distinctions and comparisons between Asian ethnic groups, as well as comparisons among Asians and Europeans, Mexicans, and blacks.

Keywords:   racial attitudes, Survey of Racial Relations, second generation, Chinese Americans, Japanese Americans

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