Table of Contents

Interlopers in the land of sunshine : Chinese disease carriers, launderers, and vegetable peddlers.
Caught between discourses of disease, health, and nation : public health attitudes toward Japanese and Mexican laborers in progressive-era Los Angeles.
Institutionalizing public health in ethnic Los Angeles in the 1920s.
"We can no longer ignore the problem of the Mexican" : depression-era public health policies in Los Angeles.
The fight for "health, morality, and decent living standards" : Mexican Americans and the struggle for public housing in 1930s Los Angeles.
Epilogue : genealogies of racial discourses and practices. Shows how science and public health shaped the meaning of race in the early twentieth century. Examining the experiences of Mexican, Japanese, and Chinese immigrants in Los Angeles, this book illustrates the ways health officials used complexly constructed concerns about public health to demean, diminish, discipline, and define racial groups.