Special Lecture on Asian Migration History

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Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by the Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies (ACAM) program as part of the honouring of Dr. Henry Sugiyama. An 87-year-old Canadian doctor of Japanese ancestry, Dr. Sugiyama is the first student in a new UBC program on Asian Canadian studies. This is a special lecture presentation from History 483 - Asian Migrations to the Americas - taught by UBC History Professor Dr. Henry Yu. Migration from Asia was, and remains, a formative influence on the social, economic, cultural and political life of the Americas. This course will explore the history of migration from Asia to, and throughout, Canada, the United States and Mexico from the late 19th to the early 21st century. It will examine the impact of migration from different parts of Asia on local, national and transnational communities. Through a variety of readings and engaged seminar discussions, we will explore a range of topics including contested conceptions of Asian-ness, the relationship between migration and indigeneity in the Americas and how perceptions of arriving migrants changed over time. We will contribute our own understandings and interpretations to historiographical discussions as well as contemporary debates about migration from Asia to, and throughout, the Americas.

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