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Title:Learning Race and *Class: Chinese Americans in Multiracial Bridgeport
Author(s):Lan, Shanshan
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Abelmann, Nancy A.
Department / Program:Anthropology
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Sociology, Ethnic and Racial Studies
Abstract:This research explores how Chinese Americans from different social stratum negotiate the ideological and material impacts of race and racism in Bridgeport, a multiracial working class immigrant community adjacent to Chicago's Chinatown. Specifically, I observe that Chinese Americans in Bridgeport are subjected to various and even contradictory experiences of racialization: they are often racialized together with Latinos as "foreigners" who are taking over the nation; as people of color side by side with African Americans; and/or as a model minority in opposition to both Latinos and African Americans. My research further documents that the Chinese American effort to navigate shifting racial hierarchies in Bridgeport is marked by class distinctions: middle class Chinese Americans often act as cultural brokers initiating new immigrants into the dominant American race and class system.
Issue Date:2007
Description:231 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2007.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3290286
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2007

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