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Chinese Exclusion Laws and Being Muslim in America Post 9/11

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Eastwind Books of Berkeley and Oakland Asian Cultural Center Literary Series presents

Book Talk and Panel Presentation: Chinese Exclusion Laws and Being Muslim in America Post 9/11

With author Beth Lew-Williams, The Chinese Must Go: Violence, Exclusion, and the Making of the Alien in America

and author Sylvia Chan-Malik, Being Muslim: A Cultural History of Women of Color in American Islam

Presentation Moderated by Michael Chang, Lecturer Comparative Ethnic Studies, J.D. UCLA, Ph.D. Ethnic Studies, U.C. Berkeley

Author Beth Lew-Williams, The Chinese Must Go: Violence, Exclusion, and the Making of the Alien in America

The American West erupted in anti-Chinese violence in 1885. Following the massacre of Chinese miners in Wyoming Territory, communities throughout California and the Pacific Northwest harassed, assaulted, and expelled thousands of Chinese immigrants. Beth Lew-Williams shows how American immigration policies incited this violence and how the violence, in turn, provoked new exclusionary policies. Ultimately, Lew-Williams argues, Chinese expulsion and exclusion produced the concept of the “alien” in modern America. Lew-Williams recasts the significance of Chinese exclusion in U.S. history. As The Chinese Must Go makes clear, anti-Chinese law and violence continues to have consequences for today’s immigrants. The present resurgence of xenophobia builds mightily upon past fears of the “heathen Chinaman.” Beth Lew-Williams is an assistant professor of history and Philip and Beulah Rollins Bicentennial Preceptor at Princeton University. She is a historian of race and migration in the United States, specializing in Asian American history.

Author Sylvia Chan-Malik, Being Muslim: A Cultural History of Women of Color in American Islam

Michael Chang is a lecturer at U.C. Berkeley’s Ethnic Studies and Asian American Studies departments and a federal civil rights attorney. He has a Ph. D. from U.C. Berkeley’s department of Ethnic Studies , J.D. from U.C.L.A. and author of Racial Politics in the Era of Transnational Citizenship, (2004, Rowman and Littlefield)

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Presented by Eastwind Books of Berkeley and Oakland Asian Cultural Center.

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