Category: History

What Happened After Pearl Harbor

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 […]

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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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Fun Fact Friday: Majority-Minority U.S., 2044

Asian Americans are part of America’s transformation into a majority-minority country by 2044. Mixed-race individuals are projected to be the fastest growing population over the next 50 years. Asian Americans are projected to be the second fastest-growing group, increasing by some 130% to be over 9% of the population by 2060.

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Wong Kim Ark

A History Lesson for Donald Trump and His Supporters

In 1898, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Wong Kim Ark and safeguarded birthright citizenship for millions. Birthright citizenship is in the news again thanks to the release of presidential candidate Donald Trump’s immigration plan on Sunday. Under a section of Trump’s plan titled “Defend The Laws And Constitution Of The United States,” the […]

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Myths and Realities about Immigration in the Past and Present

The recent debates over immigration prompted me to think about immigration myths and realities in the past and present. In this post first published on Medium, I consider the questions of whether we’re admitting too many immigrants, undocumented immigration, and the alleged relationship between crime and immigration. From Donald Trump’s comments about Mexican immigrants to […]

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South Vietnamese refugees on a US ship

Southeast Asian Refugee Stories 40 Years After the Fall of Saigon

We’re still thinking about the legacies of the wars in Southeast Asia this summer. This op-ed I co-wrote for the Minneapolis Star Tribune considers what that history means when we turn the spotlight on Southeast Asian refugees and their children. It also includes a link to the Immigration History Research Center’s Immigrant Stories Digital Storytelling […]

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