Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies
Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies

Workshop with Asian American Studies: "Chinese Gold Miners and the Chinese Question in Pacific World Settler Colonies," by Mae Ngai, Columbia University

Mon, October 14, 2013 | GAR 4.100

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


Mae M. Ngai, Professor of History and Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies, is a U.S. legal and political historian interested in questions of immigration, citizenship, and nationalism. She is author of the award winning Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America (2004) and The Lucky Ones: One Family and the Extraordinary Invention of Chinese America (2010).  Ngai has written on immigration history and policy for the Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the Nation, and the Boston Review. Before becoming a historian she was a labor-union organizer and educator in New York City, working for District 65-UAW and the Consortium for Worker Education.  She is now working on Yellow and Gold: The Chinese Mining Diaspora, 1848-1908, a study of Chinese gold miners and racial politics in the nineteenth-century California, the Australian colony of Victoria, and the South African Transvaal.

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Madeline Y. Hsu, Associate Professor of History and Director, Center for Asian American Studies, UT Austin.
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Free and open to the public. RSVP required. To RSVP and receive a copy of the pre-circulated please emailCourtney Meador by 9 a.m., Friday, Oct. 11.


Hosted by the Center for Asian American Studies with generous support from the Humanities Institute through the Paul and Mary Ho Endowment, Institute for Historical Studies in the Department of History, Department of American Studies, and the Clark Center for Australia and New Zealand Studies.

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