Category: Writing

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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How it all began…

As The Making of Asian America ships out and hits bookstore shelves today, I’m reflecting on how and when I started thinking about writing it; in other words, how it all began. Although I did not know it at the time, this book first began many years ago when I was in college and started learning about Asian […]

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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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