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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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“Reds, Communists, and Fruit Strikers”

“Reds, Communists, and Fruit Strikers”

Filipinos and the Great Depression

(p.167) 6 “Reds, Communists, and Fruit Strikers”
Garden of the World

Cecilia M. Tsu

Oxford University Press

Set in the Great Depression, this chapter explores the plight of Filipino migrant farm laborers, who white growers in the Santa Clara Valley initially welcomed as another bachelor population capable of serving the area𠀧s labor needs. Filipino men soon came under fire for their association with white women, but their participation in the farm labor movement during the 1930s was even more problematic for white residents and resulted in the racialization of Filipinos as disruptive radicals threatening the livelihoods of struggling farmers already hit hard by the Depression. The increasingly polarized public discourse on the farm labor problem in the 1930s overshadowed any residual concern about Japanese farm families, some of whom also employed Filipino workers and at times became embroiled in conflict with them.

Keywords:   Filipino immigrants, farm labor, unions, Japanese Americans, interethnic relations

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