“The Strange and Curious History of the Label ‘Illegal Alien'”

THE STRANGE AND CURIOUS HISTORY OF THE LABEL ‘ILLEGAL ALIEN’: THE HISTORY AND USE OF A PROBLEMATIC TERM

Dr. Hu-DeHart examines how Asians and Mexicans were racialized as “illegal immigrants,” with Asians the first to be tagged as illegal after passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act in 1882. Her analysis weaves together the linked fate of Asian and Mexican immigrants stigmatized at different times with the “illegal alien” label.

Dr. Evelyn Hu-DeHart is Professor of History and Ethnic Studies at Brown University and Director of Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America. She is co-editor of Asians in the Americas: Transculturations and Power and Latino Politics en Ciencia Política: The Search for Latino Identity and Racial Consciousness. She is also the author of “Rethinking America: the Practice and Politics of Multiculturalism in Higher Education.”

Monday, November 5
2-3:30 pm
Multicultural Center
Smith Memorial Student Union 228
Portland State University

1825 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97201

Cosponsors:
The School of Gender, Race, and Nation Initiative
CLAS Dean’s Office
The Office of Global Diversity and Inclusion
Department of Cultural Centers

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