The Far East Journals and Other Cold War Era Writings of Américo Paredes


ACLS Project Development Grants


Literatures and Cultural Studies


This critical edition recovers foundational Chicano scholar Américo Paredes' unpublished Far East journals and examines archival materials from university and declassified intelligence repositories to reveal the centrality of the Cold War on Paredes' life, scholarship and legacy. Paredes' autobiographical narrations of his tenure in Asia and stateside return during the second Red Scare are positioned as an artifact of the US literary resistance. The work establishes Paredes as an internationalist and leftist as he navigated the global and domestic cultural trenches of the high Cold War. This grant supports the manuscript’s development in the summer of 2020 and archival research.