The introduction argues that the repeal of the U.S. Asian exclusion laws was part of the larger transformation and expansion of U.S. empire during the era of Asian decolonization. A transpacific movement of Asians, Asian Americans, white American elites, and others lobbied U.S. Congress for legislative change between 1943 and 1965. The introduction overviews the book’s five chapters, which cover the laws that together formally repealed Asian exclusion: the 1943 Magnuson Act; the 1946 Luce-Celler Act; the 1952 McCarran-Walter Act; and the 1965 Hart-Celler Act.
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