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SOLD OUT: A Feast of Words: The First ‘Global Immigration Crisis’: History and Contemporary Issues
January 26 @ 5:00 pm - 8:30 pmSOLD OUT
What: A Feast of Words: The First ‘Global Immigration Crisis’: History and Contemporary Issues
When: Thursday, January 26, 2017, 5:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Campus Club, Coffman Memorial Union
Who: Erika Lee
About the program
As immigration continues to be a central issue in the U.S. and globally, award-winning author Erika Lee tells the forgotten history of the first global “immigration crisis” when Asian immigration sparked international debates, race riots, and new restriction laws around the world.
Telling a story that mirrors today’s headlines, Lee connects the global history of Asian exclusion to global debates about immigration today. She compares the mass migrations of the late 19th and early 20th centuries with mass migration today. She examines why and how certain migrations become perceived as “crises,” and considers how common “solutions,” such as immigration restriction and border security, have sometimes created new humanitarian crises with tragic results.