Author: Erika Lee

Talking history with the Minneapolis Star Tribune

Last week, I sat down with Minneapolis Star Tribune reporter Allie Shah to talk about Asian American history and why I wrote The Making of Asian America. Read her profile here. And also look at the special section on Asian American history – “Don’t Know Much About Asian American History?” –  that the Star Tribune created as […]

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Immigrant Stories Project profiled in the MN Daily

I’m so proud that the Immigration History Research Center’s Immigrant Stories project is getting such great press attention. The project started with my desire to help recent immigrants and refugees preserve their own histories and stories. See here the most recent story in the MN Daily featuring my former student, a Dreamer, Thiago Heilman.

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RIP Grace Lee Boggs

Civil rights activist, Grace Lee Boggs, who I profile in The Making of Asian America, passed away today at the age of 100. She was a true inspiration to so many of us. My favorite quote from her is: “We must open our hearts to new beacons of Hope. We must expand our minds to new […]

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Going Back to College…

On October 2nd, I returned to Tufts University, my alma mater, to talk about Asian American history with students. It was so great to reconnect with the faculty and staff mentors who inspired me, meet fellow alums, and to have the opportunity to talk with the next generation.

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A Warm Welcome from Boston’s Chinese American Community

On a whirlwind 48 hours during which I participated in 5 events in 2 cities, I ended my trip to the East Coast with a book talk and signing organized by the Chinese American Citizens Alliance of Boston and the Chinese Historical Society of New England. We had a great turnout and a wonderful conversation.

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The Contradictory Legacy of the 1965 Immigration Act

To mark the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Immigration Act, I wrote this piece explaining how a law designed to repair flaws in the fabric of American justice also created new ones. I wrote it forWhat It Means to Be American, a national conversation hosted by theSmithsonian and Zócalo Public Square, and it was published […]

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Huie Wedding

How it all began…

As The Making of Asian America ships out and hits bookstore shelves today, I’m reflecting on how and when I started thinking about writing it; in other words, how it all began. Although I did not know it at the time, this book first began many years ago when I was in college and started learning about Asian […]

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