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

"A Nation of Immigrants? History, Politics and Immigration Reform" talk by Dr. Mae Ngai, Columbia University

Mon, October 14, 2013 | Avaya Auditorium, 201 E. 24th St., Austin, TX, 78712

6:30 PM

Mae M. Ngai, Professor of History and Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies, is a pre-eminent U.S. legal and political historian examining the intersection of immigration, citizenship, and nationalism. She is author of the multiple award-winning Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America (Princeton, 2004) and The Lucky Ones: One Family and the Extraordinary Invention of Chinese America (Oxford, 2010). Ngai’s editorials on immigration policy have appeared in the Washington PostNew York TimesLos Angeles Timesthe Nation, and the Boston Review. Before becoming a historian, she was a labor organizer and educator in New York City.  She is now working on Yellow and Gold: The Chinese Mining Diaspora, 1848-1908, a study of Chinese gold miners and racial politics in nineteenth-century California, Australia, and South Africa. 

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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