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Redefining the Immigrant SouthIndian and Pakistani Immigration to Houston during the Cold War$
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Uzma Quraishi

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781469655192

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469655192.001.0001

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(p.29) Prologue
Redefining the Immigrant South

Uzma Quraishi

University of North Carolina Press

The formation of the Indian middle class around the mid-nineteenth century and of policies of race-based U.S. immigration exclusion in the same time period bears some explanation, since these spatially distinct but temporally overlapping processes merged during the Cold War. The historical development of these eventually entwining, transnational narrative strands forms the substance of this prologue. Concentrating on the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the prologue provides the foundational context on which to build a narrative of postwar South Asian immigration to the United States. It provides historical context of the histories of anti-Asian immigration law in the United States and Indian immigration.

Keywords:   anti-Asian, exclusion, immigration law, middle class, India

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