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Author Brooks, Charlotte, 1971-

Title Alien neighbors, foreign friends : Asian Americans, housing, and the transformation of urban California / Charlotte Brooks
Published Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2009
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 329 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series Historical studies of urban America
Historical studies of urban America.
Contents Chinatown, San Francisco: the first segregated neighborhood in America -- Los Angeles: America's "white spot" -- The New Deal's third track: Asian American citizenship and public housing in depression-era Los Angeles -- "Housing seems to be the problem": Asian Americans and New Deal housing programs in San Francisco -- The subdivision and the war: from Jefferson park to internment -- "Glorified and mounted on a pedestal": San Francisco Chinatown at war -- Becoming equally unequal: the fight for property and housing rights in postwar California -- "The orientals whose friendship is so important": Asian Americans and the values of property in Cold War California
Summary Between the early 1900s and the late 1950s, the attitudes of white Californians toward their Asian American neighbors evolved from outright hostility to relative acceptance. Charlotte Brooks examines this transformation through the lens of California's urban housing markets, arguing that the perceived foreignness of Asian Americans, which initially stranded them in segregated areas, eventually facilitated their integration into neighborhoods that rejected other minorities
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-310) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Asian Americans -- Housing -- California -- History -- 20th century.
Asian Americans -- California -- Public opinion -- History -- 20th century.
Discrimination in housing -- California -- History -- 20th century.
Metropolitan areas -- California -- History -- 20th century.
Political culture -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0226075990 (electronic bk.)
9780226075990 (electronic bk.)