A History of Anti-Asian Violence in the United States
- By Beth Lew-Williams
The Inaugural Kay Johnson Lecture in Asian American Studies at Hampshire College
"The Chinese Must Go: A History of Anti-Asian Violence in the United States”
Beth Lew-Williams, Associate Professor of History, Princeton University
Wednesday 7 April 2021, 4:30 pm
The American West erupted in anti-Chinese violence in 1885 Following the massacre of Chinese miners in Wyoming Territory, more than 165 communities throughout California and the Pacific Northwest harassed, assaulted, and expelled thousands of Chinese migrants. Beth Lew-Williams will discuss this unprecedented outbreak, place it within the broader history of anti-Asian violence, and reflect on the implications for the present day. As we confront a new surge of anti-Asian hate crimes amid the pandemic, how should history help to inform our responses?
Beth Lew-Williams is Associate Professor of History at Princeton University. She is a historian of race and migration in the United States, specializing in Asian American history. Her book, The Chinese Must Go: Violence, Exclusion, and the Making of the Alien in America (Harvard University Press, 2018), won the Ray Allen Billington Prize and the Ellis W. Halley Prize from the Organization of American Historians, the Sally and Ken Owens Prize from the Western History Association, the Vincent P. DeSantis Book Prize from the Society of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, and the Caroline Bancroft History Prize.
This lecture is generously funded by the Kay Johnson Memorial Fund, which was established to honor and celebrate our late colleague Kay Johnson, an eminent scholar and teacher of Chinese studies. This virtual lecture is free and open to all.
For further information or questions, please contact Lili Kim (firstname.lastname@example.org)