Thursday, October 13th, 2022 The Chinese Question: The Gold Rushes, Chinese Migration, and Global Politics

DateTimeLocation
Thursday, October 13, 20223:00PM - 4:30PMThe Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, 'Munk School, 1 Devonshire Place

Description

*The talk (3:00-4:30pm) will be followed by reception (4:30-5:30pm)*

In roughly five decades, between 1848 and 1899, more gold was removed from the earth than had been mined in the 3,000 preceding years, bringing untold wealth to individuals and nations. But friction between Chinese and white settlers on the goldfields of California, Australia, and South Africa catalyzed a global battle over “the Chinese Question”: would the United States and the settler colonies of the British Empire outlaw Chinese immigration? Professor Ngai offers a new history of the Chinese diaspora in the West, situating it in the history of global capitalism, in which a feverish alchemy of race and money brought Chinese people to the West and reshaped the nineteenth-century world.

Speaker’s Bio:

Mae M. Ngai is Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies and Professor of History, and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race. She is a U.S. legal and political historian interested in the histories of immigration, citizenship, nationalism, and the Chinese diaspora. She is author of the award winning Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America (2004); The Lucky Ones: One Family and the Extraordinary Invention of Chinese America (2010); and The Chinese Question: The Gold Rushes and Global Politics (2021). Ngai has written on immigration history and policy for the Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the Atlantic, the Nation, and Dissent. Before becoming a historian she was a labor-union organizer and educator in New York City, working for District 65-UAW and the Consortium for Worker Education. She is now writing Nation of Immigrants: A Short History of an Idea (under contract with Princeton University Press).


Speakers

Mae Ngai
Speaker
Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies; Professor of History and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, Columbia University

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


Main Sponsor

Asian Institute

Sponsors

Dr. David Chu Program in Asia Pacific Studies

Co-Sponsors

Department of History, University of Toronto

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