In Search of Justice: The 1905-1906 Chinese Anti-American Boycott

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How could late Qing China, a country bound largely by parochial ties of family, clan, and native place, produce a nationwide mass movement? Was this popular outburst symptomatic of a domestic "nationalist awakening," as historians of modern China claim, or a result of pressure from Chinese overseas suffering under harsh U.S. immigration laws, as students of American history contend? In considering these vying explanations for the boycott of American products, Wang identifies a coalition of interests that came ...
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Overview

How could late Qing China, a country bound largely by parochial ties of family, clan, and native place, produce a nationwide mass movement? Was this popular outburst symptomatic of a domestic "nationalist awakening," as historians of modern China claim, or a result of pressure from Chinese overseas suffering under harsh U.S. immigration laws, as students of American history contend? In considering these vying explanations for the boycott of American products, Wang identifies a coalition of interests that came together to shape the movement's strategy, objectives, and outcome. He explores the larger structural and organizational resources available to boycott organizers and participants and the role of this common experience in laying the groundwork for later reform and revolutionary movements.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674006553
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Series: Harvard East Asian Monographs
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Guanhua Wang is Assistant Professor of Chinese History at the University of Connecticut.
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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
Introduction 1
1 Chinese Emigration and United States Exclusion 17
2 Emigration in Late Qing Political Discourse 38
3 Mass Action before the Boycott 62
4 The Merchants and the Origins of the Anti-American Boycott 81
5 The Initial Stage: Defining the Boycott's Strategy and Constituency 108
6 Might v. Right: The Ideology of the Anti-American Boycott 134
7 The Second Stage: The Masses Take Action 160
8 Suppression and Transformation 178
Conclusion 192
Notes 201
Bibliography 217
Index 233
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