Mae Ngai

Historian Mae M. Ngai, who studies questions of immigration, citizenship, and nationalism, will present “The Chinese Question, the Gold Rushes and Global Politics” — the focus of her forthcoming book — on Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. in Gasson Hall, room 100. Ngai is the author of The Lucky Ones: One Family and the Extraordinary Invention of Chinese America and the award-winning Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America. Ngai has written for the Washington Post, New York Times, and Los Angeles Times, among other outlets. Her upcoming book is a study of Chinese gold miners and racial politics in 19th-century California, Australia, and South Africa. Ngai is the Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies and Professor of History at Columbia University. Ngai’s appearance is presented by the Lowell Humanities Series and co-sponsored by the History Department.

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