[Cross-posted from New Books in Political Science] Cindy I-Fen Cheng is the author of Citizens of Asian America: Democracy and Race during the Cold War (NYU Press 2013). She is associate professor of history and Asian American studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Cheng places the conflicted history of Asian Americans in the United States into the context of Cold War politics. US policy makers sought to combat Soviet propaganda that portrayed the nation’s racism and legal discrimination. But as policy makers upended unconstitutional housing policies and racially restrictive covenants, the Cold War also compelled the prosecution of Asian Americans for their alleged links to communism. Cheng pieces together original interviews, interesting interpretations of legal proceedings, and media analysis to tell a fascinating political history of the Cold War era.