NYT published this opinion, under the title My Mother’s Secrets, on immigration.
Ms. Zia is the author of the forthcoming book “Last Boat Out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Fled Mao’s Revolution.”
I posted this comment: With all due respect, I’ve two issues with this article. On the immigration part, yes they contributed greatly to this country but that doesn’t mean we should open borders to all. Two, “… Who Fled Mao’s Revolution” – isn’t right because Mao wasn’t in power until Oct 1, 1949. From the photo we knew her mother was in New York in 1950, so, much of time, author’s mother spent was under Jiang Jieshi/Chiang Kai-shek, and the civil war. (Using Mao, I suspect bec he’s better known than Jiang??) In fact, 1949 was an optimistic time in China. The rebel Mao and his band of brothers were emerging victoriously, beating US backed Jiang Jieshi and shortly they formed the new China on October 1, 1949. What Mao did afterward is another story but in 1949, Beijing, Shanghai and many major cities were liberated peacefully, which was a strong indication, showing the confidence toward the ‘rebels’. Back to immigration, many Chinese elites chose to stay in and after 1949. The huge influx of refugees came in 1960s when Mao’s policy produced 45m death. US had always been accepting refugees around the world, that incl. Hong Kong. JFK issued an emergency executive order to take in an additional 3,000 Chinese who had an education, with a skill from Hong Kong during this trying period.