Humanities in Class: Webinar Series

Asian Americans: A History of the Fastest Growing Group in the U.S.

Erika Lee (Regents Professor of History and Asian American Studies, University of Minnesota)

December 12, 2019

Asian Americans are the fastest growing group in the United States. 20 million Americans trace their roots to Asia, and the Asian American population grew 72% from 2000 to 2015, the fastest growth rate of any racial or ethnic group. But most Americans know little about this diverse community and their long history, and our textbooks include only the briefest mentions of Asian Americans. In this webinar, award-winning historian and author Erika Lee introduces participants to the compelling histories of immigrant journeys, exclusion laws, World War II incarceration, civil rights activism, refugee migrations, and contemporary debates over immigration and race that have defined Asian American life in the past and present.

History / Asian Americans / Immigration / Racial Discrimination / American History /