Response to VA Mayor on Japanese American incarceration

My two postings on Roanoke, VA mayor’s statements on Japanese American incarceration this week (VA mayor cites “need” for WW2 Japanese American incarceration & “need” to halt Syrian refugees, from the Washington Post.) The mayor’s understanding of history is totally false. And it is egregious that he would recommend that the U.S. repeat one of the […]

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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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