September 15: “Before Trump, Brexit, and Europe: A History of the First Global Migration Crisis,” Asian American Studies and the Center for East Asian Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign September 23: Keynote Speech, Midwest World History Association Meeting, Metro State University, St. Paul, MN October 8: “The Making of Asian America,” Asian Students Union, University of Pittsburgh […]
The University of Minnesota has announced that Erika Lee has been named a University of Minnesota Distinguished McKnight Professor—one of just seven University of Minnesota faculty members to receive the distinction this year. Click here for the press release.
The Oregon Historical Society currently has on exhibit two wonderful shows about the Chinese American experience: “Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion” and “Beyond the Gate: A Tale of Portland’s Historic Chinatowns.” Erika will be in town on Thursday, April 14 to talk about the exhibits and The Making of Asian America. See the OHS website for more.
Please join us in the Main Gallery as Erika Lee discusses her new book followed by a brief Q&A. Books will be sold, light refreshments will be served. This event is co-presented by Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, San Francisco State University’s Asian American Studies Department, The Oakland Asian Cultural Center, and National Japanese American […]
Erika will give a featured presentation titled “Asian American Communities: History and Contemporary Issues” at the annual meeting of the CA Association for Bilingual Education on Thursday, March 24, 2016 in San Francisco. For more information, see the conference website. Description: Asian Americans are now the fastest growing group in the U.S. and are helping to […]
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. With cookies in one hand and coffee in the other, cozy up to the fire for six weeks of free readings by some of Minnesota’s finest writers. Now in its 22nd season, the Fireside Reading Series is one of The Friends’ oldest and most popular events. The series annually […]
Erika will be in Ann Arbor to talk about The Making of Asian America and writing about immigration and race today. The event is being held in conjunction with the Department of American Culture’s 80th Anniversary.
Erika participated on a panel on immigration at the inaugural Define American Film Festival in Des Moines on Jan. 22. Ahead of Iowa’s Feb. 1st Caucuses, the Define American Film Festival provided voters and the media with diverse perspectives about immigration and the changing American identity. Through a selection of six feature-length narrative and documentary films, […]
“Like Muslims, Asian immigrants were characterized as a slowly creeping civilizational threat to the security and integrity of the United States, but today, with Muslims, there is also the additional allegation that they have a violent intent to overthrow the existing order.” See “Fearmongering Around Muslim Immigrants Echoes Anti-Asian Hysteria of Past,” Intercept, Jan. 14, 2016
Nicolas Gattig wrote a nice profile of The Making of Asian America here. Here is a snapshot of what he had to say: “A recurring theme in Erika Lee’s new book “The Making of Asian America: A History” is the humiliations of immigrant life — the “collective burden” of people who have to keep proving […]
Every year the Asian Pacific American Caucus of the American Library Association presents awards to books that promote Asian/Pacific American culture and heritage based on their literary and artistic merit. The Making of Asian America was awarded the 2015 -2016 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature in Adult Non-Fiction. This is what the committee had to say: “Dr. Erika […]
Erika spoke with NPR’s Steve Inskeep on the history of Southeast Asian refugee resettlement. At a time when lawmakers are calling for a halt on the very small number of Syrian refugees that the U.S. is currently taking in, it’s important to remember that the U.S. successfully resettled 130,000 Vietnamese refugees from April to December […]
What a nice surprise – The Making of Asian America has been named one of 10 Can’t-Miss History Books of 2015 by History Buff! And they called it a “complete triumph of a book.” Wow! Check out the other books on the list here.
In early December, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump proposed an all-out ban on Muslims coming to the U.S. Erika talked with a number of reporters to give some historical perspective: “Muslims are to Trump as Chinese Were to President Arthur in 1882,” Washington Post, December 8, 2015 “Donald Trump’s Proposed Muslim-Entry Ban Has Precedent – And It’s […]
The Making of Asian America has been chosen by the LA Times as one of 31 nonfiction books (and 8 History books) for its “Great Reading for the Season” list!
I spoke with MinnPost’s Lorena Duarte on the history of undocumented immigration to the US. Here’s a quote: “Lee stresses that it is crucial to understand the past in order to tackle the present issues. ‘History demonstrates that as early as 1929 we have created amnesty for immigrants time and time again, mostly for Europeans, those who jumped […]
On November 12, 2015, the University of Maryland’s Center for a New America will host a conference recognizing the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Immigration Act called: Remaking America: The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 and Its Impact.” Erika’s keynote is titled: “Immigrant America at the Crossroads 50 Years After the 1965 Immigration Act.”
Erika spent an hour talking with Rick Steves about significant places in Asian America – Asians in Latin America, San Francisco Chinatown, Angel Island, and the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. No travel tips, though! The show aired on October 24, 2015 and can be heard here.
Steve Inskeep talked to Erika about her new book, The Making of Asian America: A History. From the introduction: “Historian Erika Lee was surprised to learn just how long Asians have lived here. Like many people, she assumed Asians first came to the U.S. in the mid-1800s. You know, they worked in California’s Gold Rush […]
University of Minnesota Bookstore at Coffman Memorial Union 300 Washington Ave Se Minneapolis MN Wednesday, October 14, 4:00pm Author and University of Minnesota professor, Erika Lee will discuss her new book The Making of Asian America: A History on Wednesday, October 14 at 4:00 p.m. at the University of Minnesota Bookstore in Coffman Memorial Union, […]
Minnesota historian Erika Lee shares the story of Asian migration to America I sat down with Minneapolis Star Tribune journalist Allie Shah for a conversation about Asian American history. Read her profile here.
A few days ago, I spoke with NPR’s Lourdes Garcia-Navarro about the news that Asian immigrants are now the largest group in the country and how the rhetoric of the model minority that we hear so much about today is inaccurate. I worried out loud about how the media attention on both stories (seemingly positive) […]
On October, 2nd, Erika talked about her book at the National Archives and signed books. Despite the rain, there was a good-sized audience who asked great questions! A video recorded by the National Archives is available here.
When people learn that U of M professor Erika Lee (@prof_erikalee) teaches history, they often tell her they are “history buffs.” Professor Lee is not a history buff. “That’s not the kind of history I do.” She explains, “I am not interested in just factual narration or memorization of little ‘tidbits’ of our past. I AM interested in […]
I was happy to help on this timely immigration article: 1965 Immigration Act, Presented as Symbolic, Changed Nation, published by the New York Times on October 3, 2015.
On October 2nd, Erika appeared on Take Two, KPCC radio (Los Angeles) about the importance of the 1965 Immigration Act fifty years after its passage – what was intended, what was unintended, and what immigration might look like fifty years from now. Listen here.
In September, Erika spoke at the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s Central Regional Conference. Highlights of her presentation have just been posted to the Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association site here.
From the review: The history of Asian America is, ultimately, a story of opportunity seized; of America’s promise to newcomers fulfilled. Even so, if readers pick up Erika Lee’s book expecting to read nothing more than a proud chapter in the nation’s history they will quickly be corrected. Read the full review on economist.com.
Asians are on pace to become the nation’s largest immigrant group in the next 50 years, eclipsing Hispanics in a shift that could have a profound impact on the country’s demographics in the latter part of this century. Read the full article on houstonchronicle.com.
U of M history professor Erika Lee was on MPR News with Tom Weber to discuss the new research and her book The Making of Asian America: A History. The book is a sweeping look at the story of Asian Americans across five centuries. Lee, the granddaughter of Chinese immigrants and the Director of the Immigration […]
This Q&A is a condensed transcript from Erika’s recent interview on “Think” on KERA-FM (90.1), hosted by Krys Boyd, and is published as part of a partnership between The Dallas Morning News and KERA. Read the Q&A on dallasnews.com
From Glenn C. Altschuler’s review: The portrayal of Asian Americans as the “model minority,” … masks differences among national groups — and the overrepresentation of Asian Americans at the bottom (as well as the top) of educational and socioeconomic privilege. And it ignores the fact that for centuries white Americans deemed Asian Americans unassimilable and racially inferior. Lee […]
Erika will give a talk and sign books at a special event commemorating the official 50th anniversary of the signing of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965. The event, titled “50 Years Ago… the 50th Anniversary of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965” is hosted by the Chinese American Citizen’s Alliance of Boston with the support […]
Erika will be a featured guest in a program titled “How Did the 1965 Immigration Act Change America?” at the National Museum of American History. Erika will be participating in a panel discussion along with historian Mae Ngai of Columbia University, Matt Garcia, director of the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies at Arizona State University, and CUNY […]
Erika will be speaking about her new book The Making of Asian American and about her journey from Tufts University undergrad to author and historian. Friday, October 2, 2015 7:30-9:00 PM Start House Tufts University 17 Latin Way, Medford, MA
Erika will give a lecture and read from The Making of Asian America at the National Archives as part of there Noon Lectures series. Friday, October 2, 2015 at 12:00 PM William McGowan Theater National Archives 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20408 For more information visit the National Archives Facebook page.
Erika took calls and talked about immigration, the term “Asian American” and the model minority on the Brian Lehrer show on WNYC. Listen to the interview and read the accompanying post and comments at www.wync.org.
Erika talked to Access Minnesota host Jim du Bois about the definition of a “model minority” and how that stereotype came to be as well as other contemporary Asian American issues. Listen to the full episode at www.accessminnesotaonline.com.
This special conference, commemorating the passage of this landmark law 50 years ago, will bring together leading researchers, journalists, and policymakers to examine the effects of the law’s legal reforms and how they can help guide Americans in reforming our immigration system today. Featuring Senator Ron Johnson (R- WI), Chairman, Committee on Homeland Security and […]
Erika spoke with Tasnim Shamma about “Attachments,” an exhibit that was on view at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. during the summer of 2012. In the interview Erika shares the story of discovering her grandmother Wong Lan Fong’s immigration file containing the long lost wedding photo of her grandmother and her grandfather Yee Shew Ning. The photo, […]
See the complete list of New Books of Note at www.huffingtonpost.com.
Erika’s conversation with Jeff Schechtman was featured on Napa Valley Radio’s “Specific Gravity” program. Listen to the interview on the program blog specific-gravity.blogspot.com.
See the complete list of featured new books at www.capecodtimes.com.
“Immigration, racism and the struggle to become American, all part of Lee’s family history, are the commonalities that she says connects the 24 ethnic groups defined by the U.S. Census Bureau as Asian American.” Read the full review, “The People Who Played a Key Role in the ‘Making of Asian America,” on asamnews.com.
May-Lee Chai’s reviewed The Making of Asian America for The Dallas Morning News. Chai writes: “Lee does a masterful job of introducing this complicated subject in clear prose with lively anecdotes.” Read the full review on The Dallas Morning News website.
Erika recently talked with host Krys Boyd about Asian immigration and Asian American assimilation and took calls from listeners. You can listen to the full interview on the KERA Public Radio website.
Read the full review on The Economic Times website.
Yesterday host Rich Fisher interviewed Erika on “StudioTulsa” on Public Radio Tulsa. He asked her about what led her to write the book and about what we can learn from the history of Asian America that can be applied to current immigration debates. You can listen to the full interview on the Public Radio Tulsa website.
Great coverage of the National Book Festival, including the “Melting Pot US” panel w/ Ray Suarez, Tom Gjeltin, & yours truly by NBC News. “Immigration was just one of dozens of topics featured at this year’s gathering, which took up the entirety of the city’s convention center in downtown Washington — two enormous buildings the […]
Host Joe Donahue interviewed Erika on “The Roundtable” earlier this week on WAMC Radio (Northeast Public Radio). Listen here!
Erika sat down with the amazing journalists Ray Suarez and Tom Gjeltin to talk immigration past, present, and today. Check out Suarez’s Latino Americans: The 500 Year Legacy That Shaped a Nation and Tom Gjeltin’s new book A Nation of Nations: A Great Immigration Story.
Oliver Wang’s review of The Making of Asian America was published in the New York Times today, calling the book “sweeping” and “fascinating.” In his review Oliver writes “Lee’s comprehensive history traces the experiences of myriad Asian-American communities, from Chinese laborers in 1850s California to Hmong refugees in 1980s Minnesota…. ‘The Making of Asian America’ shares strong similarities with other […]
Erika was interviewed and took some calls yesterday on CSPAN’s Book TV as a part of their coverage of the 15th annual National Book Festival in Washington, DC. You can watch the full video on the CSPAN website.
Erika joined over 120 other authors and a record number of attendees at the National Book Festival in Washington, DC on Saturday, September 5. What am amazing experience to be with so many amazing authors and book lovers!
NAPABA is the national association for Asian Pacific American legal professionals, representing the interests of over 40,000 attorneys and 68 state and local Asian Pacific American bar associations. The Central Regional Conference (CRC) is a unique opportunity for Midwest legal professionals to obtain CLE credit while building regional connections through networking. The Central Regional is […]
Writer Viet Thanh Nguyen reviewed The Making of Asian America for the LA Times and called it a “monumental work.” Read it here!
Audiobook lovers rejoice! Don’t want to read all 528 pages of The Making of Asian America? Now you can let award-winning narrator Emily Zoo Weller read it for you – 15 hours and 51 minutes! Think how much better your freeway commutes will be! Buy here at Audible. For more on Emily Zoo Weller, click here.
Recently, I sat down with Huffington Post writer Hilal Isler last week to talk about why I wrote The Making of Asian America and what it means to be Asian American today. Our great conversation ranged from how I first became interested in Asian American history, what I learn from my students, and why I […]
“How Immigration Has Shaped the Presidential Debate, From Reagan to Trump” With immigration tripping up presidential candidates, Erika talks immigration politics with Manuel Pastor, co-director of the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration at USC and A. Martinez, host of “Take Two” on KPCC in Los Angeles. (August 26, 2015). Listen to the discussion, […]
Erika’s work on birthright citizenship, the Wong Kim Ark case, and the current debate about birthright citizenship was profiled on NBC News, August 21, 2015, “The Case at the Heart of the Birthright Citizenship Battle.”
Erika will participate in an interview and viewer phone call-in segment about The Making of Asian America. When: Saturday, September 5, 2015, 5:10-5:40 EST Where: National Book Festival, Convention Center, Washington, DC Tune in and call in with your question!
Erika will be traveling around the country this fall talking about her new book as well as the historic 50th anniversary of the 1965 Immigration Act. September 5: Washington, DC: the National Book Festival, DC Convention Center September 19: Minneapolis: Keynote Address at the Asian Pacific American Bar Association Conference October 1: Washington, DC: National […]
150 authors, illustrators and poets, including 7 authors who will launch new books at the festival: Thomas Mallon’s Finale, David Maraniss’ Once in a Great City, Jay Winik’s 1944: FDR and the Year That Changed History, Tom Gjelten’s A Nation of Nations, Erika Lee’s The Making of Asian America, Casey Schwartz’s In the Mind Fields: […]
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I’m so excited about participating in the National Book Festival where The Making of Asian America will be launched! If you’re in the Washington, DC area on Saturday, September 5, come check out the dozens of author readings!
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The Making of Asian America called “Ambitious, sweeping, and insightful” by Publishers Weekly Review!
The Making of Asian America called “A powerful, timely story told with method and dignity” in a starred review from the Kirkus Reviews!
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