Julia María Schiavone Camacho’s book, entitled Chinese Mexicans: Transpacific Migration and the Search for a Homeland, 1910 – 1960, is a welcome addition to the burgeoning scholarship on Mexican diaspora studies and immigrant self-positioning. Schiavone Camacho uncovers and documents the history of roughly 500 Chinese Mexicans who left Mexico and repatriated. These are Chinese men who married Mexican women and were forced to leave Mexico, Mexican women who lost their citizenship by marrying a foreigner, or the children of these latter relationships. In her analysis, Schiavone Camacho makes a compelling case that oral interviews add a texture needed to better understand the gendered construction of nationality and citizenship in twentieth-century Mexico. She conducted 27 interviews with both men and women as part of this diaspora study, with her strongest chapters appearing in the third and fourth parts of the book. The book is divided into four parts: “Chinese Settlement...
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Book Review| August 01 2013
Chinese Mexicans: Transpacific Migration and the Search for a Homeland, 1910-1960
Chinese Mexicans: Transpacific Migration and the Search for a Homeland, 1910-1960. By Camacho, Julia María Schiavone.
University of North Carolina Press,
226pp. , $39.95.
Hispanic American Historical Review (2013) 93 (3): 535–537.
Theresa Alfaro-Velcamp; Chinese Mexicans: Transpacific Migration and the Search for a Homeland, 1910-1960. Hispanic American Historical Review 1 August 2013; 93 (3): 535–537. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00182168-2210795
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