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Chinese Diasporic History in the Americas, 1560--1880: Trans-Pacific, Trans-American Encounters and Asian American Studies

February 10, 2012 - 2:00pm
Okimoto Conference Room, Encina Hall East Wing, 3rd Floor


Evelyn Hu-DeHart Professor of History and Ethnic Studies, Brown University

What would Asian American history look like if we re-examine it through a Trans-Pacific and a Trans-America (Hemispheric) lens?  Or putting it in a different way, what would Latin American and Caribbean history look like if we put the Chinese at the center?  This lecture proposes the idea of the Chinese community in Spanish Manila as the "first American Chinatown," and suggests that Cuban sugar plantations in the mid to late 19th century can be considered the domain of "Chinese slaves."  More than a mere exercise in revisionist scholarship, this approach to Asian American history expands its scope in time and space, situates it in recurrent eras of globalization, and demonstrates its integral connection to American, Asian, Latin American and World history; in other worlds, more than just "ethnic history."

Free and open to the public.

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Center for East Asian Studies, American Studies and Asian American Studies
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