An essay that Erika wrote with Judy Yung on the Angel Island Immigration Station is now available for free download from the Oxford Encyclopedia of American History website! Visit the Encyclopedia website to access more than 160 significant articles on every aspect of American history. Great for the classroom!
May 6, 2017 marks the 135th anniversary of the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act. As new laws propose to ban another group from the United States, activists and community members are speaking up and saying “No More Exclusion.” Check out the statement, actions, and resources created by the NoMoreExclusion coalition.
We have a new president and a number of new policies that will transform immigration for the foreseeable future. Erika talked to a number of journalists and answered questions about the Muslim ban, the wall, and more. “U.S.: A Nation of Immigrants, but Ambivalent about Immigration,” Associated Press, February 2, 2017 “Behind the Numbers on Immigration […]
With so many alternative facts about immigration circulating in the news and exploited and spread by our politicians today, Erika thought that it was time for immigration experts help set the record straight. She organized immigration historians from across the nation to create the #ImmigrationSyllabus, a website and educational resource to help the public understand the deep […]
Erika spoke with student journalist Stephanie Ash about immigration “crises” then and now, in preparation for her upcoming visit to Gustavus University on October 13. “Four Questions with Historian Erika Lee.”
Every December 7th, the news media always recognizes the anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. But what happened to Japanese Americans after Pearl Harbor is just as important to remember. During WWII, 120,000 Japanese Americans (including two-thirds who were United States-born citizens) were forcibly rounded up and incarcerated in camps around the country because they were […]
Asian Americans are part of America’s transformation into a majority-minority country by 2044. Mixed-race individuals are projected to be the fastest growing population over the next 50 years. Asian Americans are projected to be the second fastest-growing group, increasing by some 130% to be over 9% of the population by 2060.
Getting ready for the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Immigration Act on October 3rd! Check out these statistics on the foreign-born population in the U.S. from the U.S. Census. In 2010, there were 40 million foreign-born residents in the U.S., making up 13 % of the total population. Over half had entered the U.S. since 1990; […]
California has the largest Asian population (6.1 million), followed by New York (1.8 million). The Asian population alone represents 37.7% of the total population in Hawaii, but Asian Americans are settling in communities all over the country. The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, for example, have the largest concentration of Hmong people in […]
There are 24 different ethnic groups that comprise the incredibly diverse umbrella population that is Asian Pacific American. The Chinese (except Taiwanese) population is the largest Asian group (4.3 million), followed by Filipinos (3.6 million), Indians (3.5 million), Vietnamese (1.9 million), Koreans (1.8 million) and Japanese (1.4 million).