Cover: A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life, from Harvard University PressCover: A Chosen Exile in HARDCOVER

A Chosen Exile

A History of Racial Passing in American Life

  • Prologue: To Live a Life Elsewhere
  • 1. White Is the Color of Freedom
  • 2. Waiting on a White Man’s Chance
  • 3. Lost Kin
  • 4. Searching for a New Soul in Harlem
  • 5. Coming Home
  • Epilogue: On Identity
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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Jacket: The Chinese Must Go: Violence, Exclusion, and the Making of the Alien in America, by Beth Lew-Williams, from Harvard University Press

Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Part II

In celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we’re showcasing titles that document the Asian American experience. Our second excerpt comes from Beth Lew-Williams’s prizewinning book The Chinese Must Go: Violence, Exclusion, and the Making of the Alien in America, which historian Richard White describes as “a powerful argument about racial violence that could not be more timely.” Monday night, Gong was asleep in his tent when the vigilantes returned