Immigration is an American story, but among all Americans, it is by far, the most central to the Asian American experience today with nearly 70% of Asian American adults today born outside of the U.S. Recent Asian American scholarship then often focuses on the lived experience of being an immigrant but, just as importantly, Asian migration has played a major role in the formation of American citizenship and immigration policy. Most notoriously, the trend towards denying immigrant entry dates back to the perceived “problem” of Chinese immigration in the nineteenth century. In response, an important form of political activism employed by Asian Americans has been to challenge exclusionary laws through the court system. Asian American legal challenges have established birthright citizenship, challenged racially discriminatory naturalization laws and protection of civil liberties. Join us for a talk with Professor Natalie Masuoka, a distinguished scholar and expert on Asian American history, immigration and racial and ethnic politics as we review these underrecognized contributions but also consider how the longstanding relationship between immigration and Asian America continues to structure American race relations today.
Natalie Masuoka - Associate Professor and Chair of Asian American Studies, UCLA
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