MEDIA

Selected Print

“Historians Bash Ken Cuccinelli’s Revised Statue of Liberty Poem,” Washington Post, August 14, 2019

 “The Making of Asian America,” interviews with the Beijing News, The Paper, (Beijing) and Pear Media (Shanghai), July 26 and 30, 2019

 “Minnesotans targeted by ‘go back’ taunts say the sting never leaves,” Minnesota Public Radio, July 17, 2019

 “Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders – a FAQ” NBCNews, May 1, 2019

 “Understanding the 14th Amendment,” CNN.com, October 31, 2018

 “Trump Plans Executive Order Ending Birthright Citizenship,” San Diego Union Tribune, October 31, 2018

 “Trump’s Birthright Plan: The Legality, Politics and History,” BBC, October 31, 2018

 “A Short, Brutal History of ICE,” Splinter News, February 2, 2018

 “Decades after an immigration policy separated his family, a man searches for his ancestral village,” PRI’s The World, February 1, 2018

 “We’ve Been Here Before: Historians Annotate and Analyze Immigration Ban’s Place in History,” Public Radio International, Feb. 1, 2017 

 “A Cloak for Discrimination: Trump Order Reminds Asian Americans of Laws Against Them,” ABC News, Feb. 18, 2017 

 “U.S.: A Nation of Immigrants, but Ambivalent about Immigration,” Associated Press, Feb. 2, 2017 (newspapers nationwide, including the Washington Post and Star Tribune)

 “In Search of Scapegoats, Exclusion Past and Present,” San Francisco Chronicle, Sept. 7, 2016

 “Trump’s ‘Deeply unAmerican’ Stance on Immigration Prompts Legal Concerns,” The Guardian, Aug. 17, 2016

 “Bill to Remove ‘Oriental’ from Federal Law Passes Senate, Heads to Obama,” NBC News, May 10, 2016

 “Fearmongering Around Muslim Immigrants Echoes AntiAsian Hysteria of Past,” Intercept, Jan. 14, 2016

 “Idea Behind Donald Trump’s Plan to Bar Muslims Has Some Deep Roots,” New York Times, Dec. 9, 2015

“Donald Trump’s Proposed MuslimEntry Ban Has Precedent  And It’s ‘Scars Are Still Being Healed’ Today,” Business Insider, December 8, 2015

 “Muslims are to Trump as Chinese Were to President Arthur in 1882,” Washington Post, December 8, 2015

“‘The Making of Asian America’ Chronicles the Past and Connects it to the Present,” MinnPost, October 14, 2015“Minnesotan Historian Erika Lee Shares the Story of Asian Migration to America,”Star Tribune, October 11, 2015

Selected Audio

Erika co-hosts the BackStory podcast episode on “The Chinese in American History,” November 11, 2019

“Public Charge Rule has History of ‘Racial Exclusion,’ Says Immigration Historian,” PRI’s The World, August 14, 2019

“House Condemns Trump ‘Racist’ Tweets,” Minnesota Public Radio, July 17, 2019

“The Long History of Disease in AntiImmigrant Rhetoric,” PRI’s The World, May 22, 2019

“The 14th Amendment’s Historical Significance,” NPR, November 3, 2018

“Immigration Nation: Is Everything Happening with Immigration Right Now History Repeating Itself?” NPR Codeswitch, June 27, 2018

“Family Separations at the Border,” 1A (live call-in show on National Public Radio,) June 20, 2018

RaceNYT: Family Separation and Detention: How Did We Get Here?” (Facebook Live interview, New York Times, June 20, 2018

 “The Chinese Exclusion Act,” PRI’s The World, May 30, 2018

 “As Chinese Exclusion Act Turns 135, Experts Point to Parallels Today,” NPR, May 5, 2017

 “History and the Twittersphere,” Backstory Podcast, April 27, 2018

“Constitutional: A Podcast about the Story of America,”  Washington Post, Episode 3 (Nationality), August 14, 2017

 “U.S. History of Immigration and Deportation,” Civios Podcast, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, March 10, 2017

“Border Patrols: Policing Immigration in America,” Backstory Podcast, March 9, 2017

“Beyond Current Travel Ban Proposal – Are Asian Americans Next?” Asian American Legal Defense Fund Blog, Feb. 27, 2017

“Behind the Numbers on Immigration Detentions,” live callin show, MPR News, Feb. 2, 2017

“We’ve Been Here Before: Historians Annotate and Analyze Immigration Ban’s Place in History,” Public Radio International, Feb. 1, 2017 

“Confronting Racism Against Asian Americans,” New York Times Live Chat, October 18, 2016

“Asian America,” Rick Steves Radio Show, July 2, 2016

“Remembering When Southeast Asian Refugees Dominated Discussions,” NPR’s Morning Edition, Interview with Steve Inskeep, December 29, 2015

“Long Before Anxiety about Muslims, Americans Feared the ‘Yellow Peril’ of Chinese Immigration,” The World, Pubic Radio International, December 9, 2015

“How Asian Americans Have Redefined What it Means to be American,” National Public Radio, October 15, 2015“America’s Immigration Rhetoric Out of Touch with the Numbers,” National Public Radio, October 11, 2015

Selected Video

“Asian Americans,” PBS, 2020

“Race and America,” PBS NewsHour, July 17, 2019

RaceNYT: Family Separation and Detention: How Did We Get Here?” (Facebook Live interview, New York Times, June 20, 2018

“The Chinese Exclusion Act,” Ric Burns and Steeplechase Films, 2018

“When Foreigners Aren’t Welcome,” BBC, January 26, 2018

“Stand Up/Speak Out: The Need for Asian American Activism Today,” Talks at Google, March 30, 2017

“America: The Promised Land,” History Channel, March 5, 2017

“Trump Travel Ban Parallels Past Immigration Policies,” China Global TV Network, March 19, 2017

“The Making of Asian America,” National Archives, October 2, 2015

“The Making of Asian America,” CSPAN Book TV live call-in show, September 5, 2015 

“Asian Immigration and Angel Island,” American History TV, C-SPAN 3, March 3, 2015

“How Did the 1965 Immigration Act Change America?” What It Means to Be American Project of the Smithsonian Institution, the National Museum of American History, and Zocalo Public Square, October 1, 2015

 “Attachments: Faces and Stories from America’s Gates,” Exhibit Opening Program, National Archives, Washington, DC, June 15, 2012  “Becoming American: The Chinese Experience,” Bill Moyers, PBS, 2003