Published: Sept. 20, 2017
Paisanos Chinos

Paisanos Chinos tracks Chinese Mexican transnational political activities in the wake of the anti-Chinese campaigns that crossed Mexico in 1931. Threatened by violence, Chinese Mexicans strengthened their ties to China—both Nationalist and Communist—as a means of safeguarding their presence. Paisanos Chinos illustrates the ways in which transpacific ties helped Chinese Mexicans make a claim to belonging in Mexico and challenge traditional notions of Mexican identity and nationhood. From celebrating the end of World War II alongside their neighbors to carrying out an annual community pilgrimage to the Basílica de Guadalupe, Chinese Mexicans came out of the shadows to refute longstanding caricatures and integrate themselves into Mexican society. (University of California Press)

Professor Fredy González specializes in the history of modern Latin America. His research focuses on the Chinese community in Mexico during the twentieth century. His dissertation, “We Won’t Be Bullied Anymore: Chinese-Mexican Relations and the Chinese Community in Mexico, 1931-1971,” won the Arthur and Mary Wright Prize for outstanding dissertation. He has published an article, “Chinese Dragon and Eagle of Anáhuac: The Local, National, and International Implications of the Ensenada Anti-Chinese Campaign of 1934” (The Western Historical Quarterly 44:1 (Spring 2013), pp. 48-68), which won the Bert M. Fireman Award from the Western History Association.