Subversive Histories: Race, National Security, and Empire Across the Pacific

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Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Tuesday, March 27, 20123:00PM - 5:00PM208N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
1 Devonshire Place
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This lecture will critique standard narratives of Asian American and U.S. history that tend to treat Asian Americans as “immigrants” deserving or striving for inclusion (citizenship) in the U.S. nation-state. By exploring how Asians came to be radicalized and racialized subjects of the U.S. empire before World War II, I will seek to reframe our notions of movements across the Pacific. In particular, my talk will trace the historical origins of the national security state, the heart and soul of the U.S. empire, to a series of U.S. “foreign” and “domestic” policies targeting Asians on both sides of the Pacific.

Moon-Ho Jung is Associate Professor and the Walker Endowed Family Professor of History at the University of Washington. He is the author of Coolies and Cane: Race, Labor, and Sugar in the Age of Emancipation (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006), which received the Merle Curti Award from the Organization of American Historians and the History Book Award from the Association for Asian American Studies.


Aga Baranowska


Moon-Ho Jung
Associate Professor and Walker Family Endowed Professor of History, University of Washington

Takashi Fujitani
Professor of History and the Dr. David Chu Professor and Director in Asia Pacific Studies, University of Toronto


Dr. David Chu Community Network in Asia Pacific Studies


Centre for South Asian Studies

Department of History, University of Toronto

Centre for the Study of United States

Asian Institute

Canada Centre for Global Security Studies

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