Diaspora experience as a function of modernity, imperialism, and nationalism.

From my online course on Asia-US migration, an upcoming discussion: The second half of [Vinay] Lal’s book [The Other Indians: A Political And Cultural History of South Asians In America] is our first detailed look at the post-1965 Immigration Act situation, and particularly interesting look through the lens of Diaspora. South Asian immigrants to the […]

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The Chinese in Chicago

Do you want to see a bunch of old Chicago Tribune pictures of life in Chinatown? Of course you do. Here is Anna May Wong visiting Chicago And Mei Lanfang Protesting the Japanese invasion of Manchuria Chinese gangsters Lots more at the site.   http://galleries.apps.chicagotribune.com/chi-081513-early-lives-of-chicago-chinese-chinatown-history-pictures/

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Moving Migration Into History

Via Aaron Bady, I saw a wonderful article by Imke Sturm-Martin about the challenges of integrating migration history into the mainstream of European historical consciousness.1 Europe is not the only place where migration history has complicated traditional narratives, and where migration history has contemporary political implications, but it is a bit ahead of the curve, […]

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Source: Chinese Canadian Newspapers

Historical sources of various kinds are making it online all the time. I recently came across a digital collection of Chinese newspapers from Canada available at the Multicultural Canada website. Chinese Canadian Community News 加華僑報 (1970s-80s) Chinese Express 快報 (1970s-80s) Chinese Times 大漢公報 (1910s-1990s) Hung Chung She Po 洪鐘時報 (1950s) Ottawa Chinese Community Newsletter 加京華報 […]

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Imperial Visits and Attitudes

I just learned of the Japanese Emperor and Empress’ visit to Hawai’i [via]. It’s not the first time that a member of the Japanese Imperial family has visited the islands, though you would hardly know it from the gushing “historic” reports of the media. Though this is the first visit by Akihito as Emperor, Akihito […]

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Ron Takaki has passed away

AndrewMc passes on the word from AsianWeek that one of the founders of ethnic studies and real multi-ethnic immigration history has passed away. Takaki was an Americanist primarily, but as I said at PH, Takaki’s scholarship on ethnicity and immigration were part of the generation of scholarship which cracked the “Great White Men” historiography in […]

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Migration, Nationalism, Empire

Tessa Morris-Suzuki’s recent Japan Focus article, “Migrants, Subjects, Citizens: Comparative Perspectives on Nationality in the Prewar Japanese Empire” is an ambitious attempt to integrate identity, legal and strategic issues related to the problem of citizenship in the context of migrations within and between empires.1 The primary comparative material is to British examples, and students of […]

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