Lecture: "The Chinese Must Go: Tacoma and the Making of the Alien in America"

Beth Lew-Williams, professor of history at Princeton University, will present on her book, The Chinese Must Go: Violence, Exclusion, and the Making of the Alien in America (Harvard University Press, 2018).

The American West erupted in anti-Chinese violence in 1885, expelling thousands of Chinese immigrants. The expulsion of Chinese from Tacoma in November 1885 played a leading role in this movement. Beth Lew-Williams (Princeton University, History) will discuss how American immigration policies incited violence and how the violence, in turn, provoked new exclusionary policies. This lecture and community discussion will also include brief presentations from representatives of the Chinese Reconciliation Project Foundation and the city of Tacoma. For questions, contact andrewgomez@pugetsound.edu.

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