Rethinking Racism, Questioning Tolerance: Lessons from Asian American History

Lecture Description

Addresses the nature of anti-Asian racism and its opposition in the United States through case studies of three prominent political actors: Secretary of State William Seward, California Progress Party founder Chester Rowell, and civil rights lawyer and journalist Carey McWilliams. Together these individuals engaged in over a century of struggles regarding the rights of Asian Americans. Seward defended Chinese immigrants from exclusion; Rowell, at various times, supported the exclusion of Asian immigrants AND defended their civil rights and liberties; McWilliams opposed the internment of Japanese Americans while seeking to build solidarity among all racial minorities in the U.S.


Asian American Race

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