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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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Abajo Los Chinos

Abajo Los Chinos

The Political Invention of Mestizo Nationalism

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Jason Oliver Chang

University of Illinois Press

This chapter follows antichinista organizations from the 1910 revolution through to 1928. Antichinistas challenged the Obregon and Calles administrations’ continued Porfirian era reliance upon Chinese commercial circuits. Correspondence from these organizations with the government shows how their national consolidation in 1925 mobilized new strategies to capture public priorities. In this period the dominant racial image of Chinese people shifted from killable subjects of the revolution to pernicious defilers of the nation. A national antichinista campaign coalesced in the articulation of Mexican women’s concern for the prevention of Chinese men’s sexual relations with Mexican women. Their propaganda depicted Mexican women’s sexual reproduction as an evolutionary mechanism for racial betterment. They spread a popular discourse of a mestizo national racial future to which the Chinese men were the most significant threat. In doing so, antichinistas constructed a popular discourse of ethical governance and authentic revolutionary action in the expansion of authoritarian state power.

Keywords:   Plutarco Elías Calles, Álvaro Obregón, sex, mestizo, mestizaje, revolution, antichinistas, racial polemic

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