Mae Ngai: The Chinese Question, the Gold Rushes and Global Politics
Mae M. Ngai is a U.S. legal and political historian interested in questions of immigration, citizenship, and nationalism. She is the author of the award winning Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America (2004) and The Lucky Ones: One Family and the Extraordinary Invention of Chinese America (2010). Ngai has written on immigration history and policy for the Washington Post, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Nation, and The Boston Review. 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 The Chinese Question, a study of Chinese gold miners and racial politics in nineteenth-century California, Australia, and South Africa; and Nation of Immigrants: A Short History of an Idea. She is the Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies and Professor of History at Columbia University.
Presented by the Lowell Humanities Series and cosponsored by the History Department.
Wednesday, February 26 at 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Gasson Hall, Room 100
Gasson Hall, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467