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Angel Island: After 100 Years

Featured Panelists
Erika Lee
Co-author of Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America
Judy Yung
Co-author of Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America
Alfonso Gonzales
Professor of Latino Politics, Lehman College, CUNY
Moderated by Jack (John Kuo Wei) Tchen
Founding director of the A/P/A Institute at NYU

From 1910 to 1940, the Angel Island immigration station in San Francisco served as the processing and detention center for over one million people from around the world. The majority of newcomers came from China and Japan, but there were also immigrants from India, the Philippines, Korea, Russia, Mexico, and over seventy other countries.

This book party for Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America will bring together scholars and co-authors Erika Lee and Judy Yung, to examine the histories of those who passed through Angel Island 100 years ago. Yung and Lee will be joined by panel discussants Alfonso Gonzales and Jack Tchen to commemorate and rethink those histories and discuss the present day debate on immigration policy (Arizona anti-immigrant laws), fear-mongering (Islamophobia) and reform. The immigrant experience on Angel Island — more than any other site — reveals how U.S. immigration policies and their hierarchical treatment of immigrants according to race, ethnicity, class, nationality, and gender played out in daily practices and decisions at the nation’s borders with real consequences on immigrant lives and on the country itself.

Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America is officially sponsored by the Angel Island Immigration Station.

Erika Lee is Associate Professor of History and Asian American Studies at the University of Minnesota. She is the author of At America’s Gates: Chinese Immigration during the Exclusion Era, 1882-1943.

Judy Yung is Professor Emerita of American Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her books include Island: Poetry and History of Chinese Immigrants on Angel Island and Unbound Feet: A Social History of Chinese Women in San Francisco.

Alfonso Gonzales is Professor of Latino Politics at Lehman College, City University of New York. His research interests are in the politics of migration control and Latino social movements in the 21st century.

Jack Tchen is Founding Director of of the A/P/A Institute and Associate Professor of A/P/A Studies and the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU. His research areas and interests include cross-cultural and community studies; New York City history; Asians in the Americas; race, colonialism, and museums; dialogic theory; and radical pedagogy.

Organizer: A/P/A Institute at NYU
Venue: A/P/A Institute at NYU, 7th Floor Gallery
Address:
41-51 East 11th Street
New York, NY 10003 United States
Phone: 212.998.3700
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