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ChinoAnti-Chinese Racism in Mexico, 1880-1940$
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Jason Oliver Chang

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040863

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040863.001.0001

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Introduction Finding Mexico’s Chinese, Encountering the Mestizo State

Introduction Finding Mexico’s Chinese, Encountering the Mestizo State

(p.1) Introduction Finding Mexico’s Chinese, Encountering the Mestizo State

Jason Oliver Chang

University of Illinois Press

This chapter introduces the subject of the Chinese presence in Mexico through their distorted representation in a state museum. The history of Chinese Mexicans provides new ways to analyze the formation of mestizo national identity in Revolutionary Mexico. This chapter introduces the significance of the 1917 constitution by linking its legal definition of the government’s obligation to protect the population with the historical development of racial domination. The methodological approach of an Asian Americanist critique is explored to show why attention to the discursive and ideological construction of racialized Asian difference is important to conceptions of the Mexican national state. In showing the centrality of race in the Mexican governance, the chapter lays out a comparative racial formation approach that examines the role of anti-Chinese politics in the reformulation of citizenship, state power, and national identity after the 1910 revolution.

Keywords:   Chinese migration, museum, mestizo, Mexico, national identity, Asian Americanist critique, racial state, comparative racial formation, national colonization

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