The Persistence of Nativism: The ‘Chinese Question' Revisited

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Betsy Huang, assistant professor of English, received a Higgins grant in the spring of 2005 to research Asian-American participation in national debates on immigration. She will revisit "The Chinese Question," a hotly debated issue in the late 1800s on whether Chinese laborers should be expelled from the U.S. The debate lays bare the burden borne by immigrants who must prove their worth as potential citizens, the xenophobic sentiments that underpin anti-immigration policies, and the troubling fact that the rhetoric of nativism has undergone little change over the course of the twentieth century.


Betsy Huang

Higgins School of Humanities

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