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Paisanos Chinos

Transpacific Politics among Chinese Immigrants in Mexico

Fredy Gonzalez


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Paisanos Chinos tracks Chinese Mexican transnational political activities in the wake of the anti-Chinese campaigns that crossed Mexico in 1931. Threatened by violence, Chinese Mexicans strengthened their ties to China—both Nationalist and Communist—as a means of safeguarding their presence. Paisanos Chinos illustrates the ways in which transpacific ties helped Chinese Mexicans make a claim to belonging in Mexico and challenge traditional notions of Mexican identity and nationhood. From celebrating the end of World War II alongside their neighbors to carrying out an annual community pilgrimage to the Basílica de Guadalupe, Chinese Mexicans came out of the shadows to refute longstanding caricatures and integrate themselves into Mexican society.

Praise For Paisanos Chinos: Transpacific Politics among Chinese Immigrants in Mexico

Paisanos Chinos is a well-written and well-documented study of the Chinese Mexican community. With this book, González has added new depth to our understanding of this diasporic community.

— American Historical Review

"Well-researched and -written, Paisanos Chinos expands the use of multinational sources, especially Chinese sources, in constructing the history of Chinese Mexicans. This transnational approach sets a precedent for future historians to follow. In terms of class adaptation, Paisanos Chinos is suitable for upper-division undergraduate or graduate-level classes in Mexican history and Asian diasporas history and is great additional reading for a Cold War history class. The book can also be used in Asian American studies classes to expand students’ intellectual horizons."

— Journal of Asian American Studies

"Scholars of the Chinese diaspora in the Americas will want to read the latest addition to this growing field, Paisanos Chinos. It is a well-written and fairly well-researched book on Chinese Mexican political formation. Fredy Gonza ´lez’s scholarship on the Chinese Mexican community, understudied in Latin American history and scholarship on global Asias, is excellent, rigorous, and compelling."

— Hispanic American Historical Review

"Through his impressive study of new primary sources, González reconceptualizes our understandings of the Chinese diaspora in Mexico by centering their engagement with transnational politics."

— Latin American Research Review

University of California Press, 9780520290204, 296pp.

Publication Date: May 9, 2017

About the Author

Fredy González is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Colorado Boulder.