Those Chinatown Blues

In 1925, a magazine put out by Chinese students attending universities in the U.S. published a short description of what new arrivals should expect from their American hosts. "A Chinese student's first visit to America is most fascinating," it related. "By the uneducated he is usually regarded as a laundryman. By the educated he is from an ancient nation that has a glorious past but is at present 'unable to govern herself,' 'run by Reds,' 'disturbed by school boys' and terrorized by Turks and bandits. Some good Christians sincerely rejoice at seeing another 'heathen saved,' while many sociable hostesses remark...

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