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8 October 2015

Reflections on the Historical Study of Asians in the United States

Prof. David K. Yoo (UCLA)

Date: 8 October 2015 (Thursday)
Time: 4:30pm
Venue: Room 4.36, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus HKU

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Early traces of Asian American and Pacific Islander experiences have deep connections to water and land, from the traversing of great distances to inhabit islands in the Pacific Ocean to imperial routes that would reach to the Americas and the Caribbean over the course of at least five centuries. Glimpses into these experiences are offered within a larger conversation about the development and future trajectories of the study of Asian American history. This academic field emerged from social movements of the 1960s and 1970s that though struggle and protest eventually gave rise to ethnic studies and Asian American studies programs based in universities and colleges – a period and a process now approaching fifty years.

David K. Yoo is Professor of Asian American Studies and Director of the Asian American Studies Center at the University of California, Los Angeles. His talk is drawn from David K. Yoo and Eiichiro Azuma, eds., Oxford Handbook of Asian American History (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2016). Yoo received his Ph.D. from Yale University and is a social historian of the United States, specializing in the areas of immigration, race, and religion.

All are welcome. No registration is required.

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