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Nation of Immigrants: A Short History of An Idea

The history community is invited to attend this free public talk presented by the 2018-19 Wayne Morse Chair, Mae Ngai:

“Nation of Immigrants: A Short History of An Idea”
6:30–8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
175 Knight Law Center, 1515 Agate St.
Free and open to the public

This event is part of the Theme of Inquiry program, sponsored by the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics, focused on a two-year theme of Borders, Migration, and Belonging. This program explores the human experience of migration in Oregon, the United States, and the wider world by featuring presentations by esteemed guest speakers and residents scholars.

Mae Ngai is a professor of Asian American Studies and history at Columbia University. Her research focuses on the history of immigration, citizenship, and nationalism.

Ngai is the author of Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America (2004), which won six major book awards; and The Lucky Ones: One Family and the Extraordinary Invention of Chinese America (2010). Ngai has written on immigration history and policy for The Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Nation, and the Boston Review. Before becoming a historian, she was a labor-union organizer and educator in New York City, working for District 65-UAW and the Consortium for Worker Education. Her upcoming book is Yellow and Gold: The Chinese Mining Diaspora, 1848-1908, a study of Chinese gold miners and racial politics in nineteenth-century California, the Australian colony of Victoria, and the South African Transvaal.

For more information about Mae Ngai and the Wayne Morse Center, visit