Asian exclusion expert to speak April 24

Monday, April 14, 2008

Erika Lee's

Erika Lee's "At America's Gates," a history of Chinese exclusion from the United States.

Erika Lee, immigration expert and associate professor of history at the University of Minnesota Erika Lee's  

ST. CLOUD, Minn. - Immigration historian Erika Lee will discuss the history of Asian exclusion in the Americas 2 p.m. April 24 in Atwood Theatre.

Lee, who is an associate professor of history at the University of Minnesota, is the author of the award-winning "At America's Gates: Chinese Immigration During the Exclusion Era, 1882-1943."

Published by the University of North Carolina Press, the book won the 2003 Book Award in History from the Association for Asian American Studies and the 2004 Theodore Saloutos Prize from the Immigration and Ethnic History Society.

A third-generation Chinese American on her father's side and fifth-generation Chinese American on her mother's, Lee is a leading expert on the Chinese exclusion era, a period of more than 60 years when Chinese immigrants were banned from American shores.

The Chinese exclusion era was the first time in American history a racial or ethnic group had been barred from coming to the United States. It was part of the larger Yellow Peril phenomenon, a nativist hysteria that resulted in statutory and informal discrimination against Chinese and other Asians.

Lee will also speak to how Asian exclusion relates to today's immigration debates, including immigration problems along the Mexican border.

Lee's presentation is part of the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) Lecture Series. It is sponsored by MRC and Asian Students in Action.

For more information contact Darlene St. Clair at 320-308-6476.

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