May 6, 2017 marks the 135th anniversary of the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act. As new laws propose to ban another group from the United States, activists and community members are speaking up and saying “No More Exclusion.” Check out the statement, actions, and resources created by the NoMoreExclusion coalition.
We have a new president and a number of new policies that will transform immigration for the foreseeable future. Erika talked to a number of journalists and answered questions about the Muslim ban, the wall, and more. “U.S.: A Nation of Immigrants, but Ambivalent about Immigration,” Associated Press, February 2, 2017 “Behind the Numbers on Immigration […]
Erika spoke with student journalist Stephanie Ash about immigration “crises” then and now, in preparation for her upcoming visit to Gustavus University on October 13. “Four Questions with Historian Erika Lee.”
This is a great new volume on Asian American history featuring insightful essays from some great scholars like editors David Yoo, Eiichiro Azuma, Catherine Ceniza Choy, Madeline Hsu, Jason Oliver Chang, Chia Youyee Vang, Sucheng Chan, Gordon Chang, Judy Tzu-Chun Wu, and Franklin Odo! I wrote the chapter on Asian American immigration history titled “From […]
One of the questions that came across on social media last night during the Define American panel discussion was: “Why aren’t Asian Americans involved in social movements?” After my two fellow panelists suggested that it was for “cultural reasons,” I passionately disagreed! Watch our debate here.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]