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The Diplomacy of Migration: Transnational Lives and the Making of U.S.-Chinese Relations in the Cold War

Meredith Oyen


During the Cold War, both Chinese and American officials employed migration policy to pursue legitimacy, security, and prestige. They focused on allowing or restricting immigration, assigning refugee status, facilitating student exchanges, and enforcing deportations. This book focuses on the role these practices played in the relationship between the United States and the Republic of China both before and after the move to Taiwan. It identifies three patterns of migration diplomacy: migration legislation as a tool to achieve foreign policy goals, migrants as subjects of diplomacy and propagand ... More

Keywords: migration policy, foreign policy, immigration, China, United States, migration diplomacy, Cold War

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781501700149
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501700149.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Meredith Oyen, author
Assistant Professor of History, University of Maryland Baltimore Count

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