Lecture Description

Lew-William’s talk comes from her ongoing book project, tentatively titled John Doe Chinaman: Race and Law in the American West, which considers the regulation of Chinese migrants within the United States during the nineteenth century. Immigration law may have excluded Chinese migrants from the nation for more than fifty years, but those who were already in America (and those who continued to arrive) were also included within the political economy and racial regime of the American West. This book will explore the terms of that inclusion, focusing in particular on the role of civil and criminal law.


Asian American Constitutional and Legal

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