Lon Kurashige is an associate professor of history at the University of Southern California. He is the author of Japanese American Celebration and Conflict: A History of Ethnic Identity and Festival, 1934-1990 (2002), winner of the Association for Asian American Studies' History Book Award. His recent work includes coediting "Conversations in Transpacific History," a special edition of Pacific Historical Review (2014) that will also be published as a book. Kurashige is also a coeditor of Major Problems in Asian American History (2003). He is currently working with a team of historians on new college-level U.S. history textbook and finishing a book about American political debates over anti-Asian racism including policies of immigration exclusion, racial discrimination, and the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.
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.