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Sara L. McKinnon

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040450

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040450.001.0001

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Standing in Her Shoes

Standing in Her Shoes

U.S. Asylum Policy for Chinese Opposing Population Control

(p.63) Chapter 3 Standing in Her Shoes
Gendered Asylum

Sara L. McKinnon

University of Illinois Press

This chapter looks at the gender concept's institutional life as a racializing and universalizing force in an examination of the cases made by Chinese migrants on the basis of forced abortion and sterilization. Since 1996, Chinese claimants have received the largest welcome as asylum seekers of any national group. Yet, as the chapter demonstrates, this welcome comes with particular gendered exclusions, through what this chapter refers to as “coverture logics,” attended by U.S. anxieties about Chinese capital accumulation and consolidation of global power. Here, the chapter furthermore demonstrates the racialization of female migrants as reproductive threats, a gendered racialization that corresponds with a re-assertion of a national preference for male-bodied Chinese migrants.

Keywords:   gendered racialization, Chinese migrants, Chinese asylum seekers, forced abortion, sterilization, coverture logics, gendered exclusions

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