55% of Americans wanted to reject Hungarian refugees in 1958; 62% wanted to reject SE Asians in 1979; 71% wanted to reject Cubans in 1980: Pew Report: U.S. public seldom has welcomed refugees into country.
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 […]
A bit of good news this week: Minoru Yasui, who challenged the government’s curfew order placed on Japanese Americans during WW2, received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Read more at: Minoru Yasui to Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom on NBC News.
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 […]
On October 1st, I participated on a fascinating panel about the 1965 Immigration Act organized by the Smithsonian and the What It Means to be American project. Moderator and publisher Gregory Rodriguez, historians Mae Ngai and Matt Garcia, sociologist Richard Alba, and I discussed the motivations behind the act’s passage, how Congress really did not […]
I wrote this article on the Legacies of the 1965 Immigration Act for Indian Americans for the South Asian American Digital Archive, of which I am a proud member of the Academic Council! One thing that I note is this: From 1980 to 2013, the Indian immigrant population in the U.S. increased from 206,000 to 2.04 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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.