November 29, 2018: Erika was in Melbourne to give the La Trobe University Bernard Bailyn Lecture in North American History. Her lecture, “American Xenophobia from the Colonial Era to the Trump Era” was broadcast by the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) and she was also interviewed by Patricia Karvelas for the “Drawing Room.”
June 20, 2018: The University of Minnesota Board of Regents has given three faculty members the distinction of Regents Professor: Gunda Georg as Regents Professor of Medicinal Chemistry; Marc Jenkins as Regents Professor of Microbiology and Immunology; and Erika Lee as Regents Professor of History and Asian American Studies. The designation, granted this month, is […]
April 25, 2018: The Carnegie Corporation of New York today announced the 2018 class of Andrew Carnegie Fellows. As part of the so-called “brainy award,” 31 extraordinary scholars and writers will each receive up to $200,000, making it possible for them to devote their time to significant research, writing, and publishing in the humanities and social […]
This is a great new volume on Asian American history featuring insightful essays from some great scholars like editors David Yoo, Eiichiro Azuma, Catherine Ceniza Choy, Madeline Hsu, Jason Oliver Chang, Chia Youyee Vang, Sucheng Chan, Gordon Chang, Judy Tzu-Chun Wu, and Franklin Odo! I wrote the chapter on Asian American immigration history titled “From […]
Densho is hosting its first ever Digital Teach-In this year to encourage more understanding of Japanese American history and why it matters today. When you sign up, they’ll deliver five lessons straight to your email inbox that will cover the basics of Japanese American history from early Japanese migration to mass removal and life in […]
Teachers, spread the word! This is an awesome way to learn about teaching Asian Pacific American history in beautiful Seattle this summer. Come join me! http://www.wingluke.org/teachers-institute/ This NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop is open to all K-12 educators as well as classroom professionals, school administrators and substitute teachers. This week-long, 2016 NEH […]
Listen to Fred Korematsu describe why he chose to violate the U.S. incarceration order during World War Two, preserved by Densho here.
One of the questions that came across on social media last night during the Define American panel discussion was: “Why aren’t Asian Americans involved in social movements?” After my two fellow panelists suggested that it was for “cultural reasons,” I passionately disagreed! Watch our debate here.
Tonight in LA, I started to solve part of a family mystery. During the Chinese exclusion era, my grandmother was left behind in China when her father took her male cousin to the U.S. instead. The laws were so restrictive, families had to make decisions like this all the time. She eventually made it to […]
The Friends of the Cerritos Public Library have invited me to California to talk about The Making of Asian America on Wednesday, January 20th at 7pm. Join me if you can!