November 29, 2018: Erika was in Melbourne to give the La Trobe University Bernard Bailyn Lecture in North American History. Her lecture, “American Xenophobia from the Colonial Era to the Trump Era” was broadcast by the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) and she was also interviewed by Patricia Karvelas for the “Drawing Room.”
June 20, 2018: The University of Minnesota Board of Regents has given three faculty members the distinction of Regents Professor: Gunda Georg as Regents Professor of Medicinal Chemistry; Marc Jenkins as Regents Professor of Microbiology and Immunology; and Erika Lee as Regents Professor of History and Asian American Studies. The designation, granted this month, is […]
April 25, 2018: The Carnegie Corporation of New York today announced the 2018 class of Andrew Carnegie Fellows. As part of the so-called “brainy award,” 31 extraordinary scholars and writers will each receive up to $200,000, making it possible for them to devote their time to significant research, writing, and publishing in the humanities and social […]
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 […]
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.
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.
Getting ready for the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Immigration Act on October 3rd! Check out these statistics on the foreign-born population in the U.S. from the U.S. Census. In 2010, there were 40 million foreign-born residents in the U.S., making up 13 % of the total population. Over half had entered the U.S. since 1990; […]