The Chinese Question: The Gold Rushes and Global Politics
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series
Mae Ngai, Judge Denny Chin (moderator)
Tuesday, October 5, 2021 | 6:30 pm ET | $38 (Members $24; Chairman's Council, Free)


Between 1848 and 1899, the gold rushes in California, Australia, and South Africa set in motion an unprecedented immigration of Chinese laborers to the western world. However, even as these foreign workers helped enrich nations and individuals alike, friction between them and white settlers culminated in the enactment of laws excluding Chinese people from immigration and citizenship. Discover how this period in history upended global power and economics and forged modern conceptions of race.

Mae Ngai is the author of The Chinese Question: The Gold Rushes and Global Politics and serves as Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies and a professor of history at Columbia University. Judge Denny Chin (moderator) is a senior United States circuit judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.


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