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!
Happy 2016! Thank you for your liking this page and for all of the support this past year. It was an exciting one! As other authors know, writing a book can be a very solitary experience. You research, write, rewrite, edit, revise, and reedit over and over again, mostly on your own. For years. And […]
Every December 7th, the news media always recognizes the anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. But what happened to Japanese Americans after Pearl Harbor is just as important to remember. During WWII, 120,000 Japanese Americans (including two-thirds who were United States-born citizens) were forcibly rounded up and incarcerated in camps around the country because they were […]
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 […]