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.”
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.