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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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Violent Imaginaries and the Beginnings of a New State

Violent Imaginaries and the Beginnings of a New State

(p.93) 3 Violent Imaginaries and the Beginnings of a New State

Jason Oliver Chang

University of Illinois Press

U.S. consular reports on Mexican anti-Chinese activities document the uncoordinated, synchronous anti-Chinese activities that took place as a part of the revolutionary battlefield. This chapter traces the social relations that gave rise to cooperative violence, or grotesque assemblies, in the context of the revolution. Events like the massacre at Torreón in 1911 illustrate the emergence of new social ties based upon Porfian discontent and doing harm to Chinese. Individual cases of tactical assassinations and ritual violence against the Chinese bodies further illuminate the absence of mestizo nationalism as motivation. The chapter details reports of ritualized violence that present a battlefield where Chinese immigrants are under constant attack. These modes of popular violence against Chinese shifted the political identity of assailants, no matter their allegiance or affiliation, to patriotic revolutionaries. Peasants and Indians did not threaten the bourgeois military leaders of the revolution when they expressed antichinismo.

Keywords:   antichinismo, violence, grotesque assembly, assassination, violence, revolution, Torreón

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