Collection of Su Ze (Chinese classical literature series) by 苏辙

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Is it possible to make arguments for anti-illegal immigration legislation and policies and deportations, or in opposition to the DREAM Act and amnesty and social programs, without relying on these inaccurate histories and narratives? Of course—these are complex issues, with a variety of factors and effects, and demand serious and extended debate. 1057/9781137339096 Immigration History and Laws  better equipped to understand where we’ve been, to deal with the specifics of our current laws and period (both on their own terms and in relationship to those earlier ones), and to move forward as a national community engaged with—rather than relying on mistaken narratives of—our history and identity.

Yet just as Buchanan is clearly able to elide those other cultures in his emphasis on a homogeneous (and, again, presumably white) originating American culture, so too I would argue does this widely shared national narrative find ways to maintain its definition alongside an awareness of these other foundational cultural presences. Sometimes that means seeing these other cultures as occupying a space outside of mainstream “America”; or recognizing their presence within it but defining it as always a conflicted and subsidiary presence; or delineating the many ways in which these cultures have constantly responded to and been defined through the dominant white culture; or using the melting pot metaphor to argue that members of these cultures have had the choice either to melt into the mainstream American culture (as best they can) or face exclusion and potential extinction.

S. Filipino Association in 1870, among other early historical landmarks. The histories and stories of each of these communities (among others) are hugely complex and demand individual engagement, but what they share is the basic and crucial fact of existence, across multiple centuries of American life. 1057/9781137339096  The Chinese Exclusion Act and exclusive power for which they were created. By not only restricting future arrivals but also (among other changes) barring return trips and denying the possibility of citizenship to any already present Asian Americans—and even stripping such citizenship from some of those who had gained it, as I’ll discuss in the next chapter—the Act and its follow up laws quite clearly sought to make life in the United States sufficiently difficult for these large, existing communities that they would shrink significantly.

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