History Department
History Department

IHS Workshop: "Geography and Racial Exclusion: Enactment of the 1917 Barred Zone Act," by Madeline Y. Hsu, University of Texas at Austin

Mon, May 1, 2017 | GAR 4.100

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

About this workshop: " During the first decades of the twentieth century, rising tides of immigration fueled growing fervor for heightened restriction, a nativist outburst shaped by predominating beliefs in eugenics and global competition.  The 1917 Barred Zone Act ended immigration from an area of the world extending from Southeast Asia to the Middle East.  This chapter interweaves the geopolitics of domestic dynamics of Congressional deliberations and the global geopolitics of disenfranchised Asian colonial territories in passage of this sweeping prohibition against persons from a third of the world."

Madeline Hsu is Professor of history at UT Austin, and former director of the Center for Asian American Studies.  Her first book Dreaming of Gold, Dreaming of Home: Transnationalism and Migration Between the United States and South China, 1882-1943 (2000) won the 2002 Association for Asian American Studies History Book award.  She has served on the boards of the Association for Asian American Studies, the Immigration and Ethnic History Society, and the International Society for the Study of Chinese Overseas.  Her second monograph The Good Immigrants:  How the Yellow Peril Became the Model Minority was published in 2015 by Princeton University Press and has won the 2016 Robert H. Ferrell Book Prize; the 2015 Theodore J. Saloutos Book Award; the 2014-2015 Asian Pacific American Librarians Association Adult Non-Fiction Honor Book, and the 2015 Chinese American Librarians Association Award for non-fiction.

Read more about Professor Hsu:

Ruth Ellen Wasem
Clinical Professor of Policy Practice
Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs
The University of Texas at Austin

Free and open to the public. RSVP required. To RSVP and receive a copy of the pre-circulated paper, please email Courtney by 9 a.m., Friday, Apr. 28.

Sponsored by: Institute for Historical Studies in the Department of History

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