Additional Readings and Media

Academic Texts

Brennan, Denise. Life Interrupted: Trafficking into Forced Labor in the United States. Durham: Duke University Press, 2014.

Choy, Catherine Ceniza. “Race at the Center: The History of American Cold War Asian Adoption”. The Journal of American-East Asian Relations.” The Journal of American-East Asian Relations 16, no. 3 (n.d.): 163–82.

De León, Jason. The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail. California Series in Public Anthropology 36. Oakland, California: University of California Press, 2015.

Lee, Erika. “Echoes of the Chinese Exclusion Era in Post-9/11 America.” Chinese America: History and Perspectives, 2005.

Lee, Erika. “The Chinese Exclusion Example: Race, Immigration, and American Gatekeeping, 1882-1924.” Journal of American Ethnic HIstory 21, no. 3 (2002): 36–62.

Ngai, Mae M. “The Strange Career of the Illegal Alien: Immigration Restriction and Deportation Policy in the United States, 1921-1965.” Law and History Review 21, no. 1 (2003): 69.

Mae Ngai, “The Architecture of Race in American Immigration Law: A Reexamination of the Immigration Act of 1924,” The Journal of American History. Vo. 96, No. 1 (1999), p. 67-92.

Ngai, Mae M. Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America. New paperback edition / with a new forward by the author. Politics and Society in Twentieth-Century America. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2014.

Mae Ngai, “This is How Immigration Reform Happened 50 Years Ago. It can Happen Again,” The Nation, Oct. 2, 2015.

Mae Ngai, “This is How Immigration Reform Happened 50 Years Ago. It can Happen Again,” The Nation, Oct. 2, 2015.

Lui, Mary Ting Li. The Chinatown Trunk Mystery: Murder, Miscegenation, and Other Dangerous Encounters in Turn-of-the-Century New York City. Princeton, N.J: Princeton University Press, 2005.

Molina, N. “Medicalizing the Mexican: Immigration, Race, and Disability in the Early-Twentieth-Century United States.” Radical History Review 2006, no. 94 (January 1, 2006): 22–37.

Jacobson, Matthew Frye. Whiteness of a Different Color: European Immigrants and the Alchemy of Race. 6. print. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard Univ. Press, 2002.

Daniel Tichenor, “Lyndon Johnson’s Ambivalent Reform: The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965,” Presidential Studies Quarterly, Vol. 46, No. 3 (2016), 691-705.



Wilkerson, Isabel, The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration (New York, Vintage, 2011).




Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi. Americanah. First Anchor Books edition. New York: Anchor Books, a division of Random House, LLC, 2014.

Danticat, Edwidge. Breath, Eyes, Memory. New York, NY: Soho Press, 2015.

Erpenbeck, Jenny. Go, Went, Gone. New York: New Directions Books, 2017.

Henríquez, Christina. The Book of Unknown Americans. New York: Vintage, 2015.

Jen, Gish. Typical American: A Novel. 1st Vintage Contemporaries ed. New York: Vintage Contemporaries, 2008.

Lahiri, Jhumpa. Interpreter of Maladies: Stories. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1999.

Lahiri, Jhumpa. The Namesake. Boston: Mariner Books, 2003.

Mengestu, Dinaw. The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears. New York, NY: Riverhead Books, 2007.

Nguyen, Viet Thanh. The Refugees. New York: Grove Press, 2015.

Nguyen, Viet Thanh. The Sympathizer. First edition. New York: Grove Press, 2015.

Orange, Tommy. There There. First edition. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2018.

Roth, Henry, Alfred Kazin, and Hana Wirth-Nesher. Call It Sleep. 1st Picador ed. New York: Picador, 2005.

Tan, Shaun. The Arrival. 1st ed. New York: Arthur A. Levine Books, 2007.

Yezierska, Anzia. Bread Givers: A Novel. 3rd ed. New York: Persea Books, 2003.



Boden, Anna, and Ryan Fleck. Sugar. Sony Classics, 2009.

Hunt, Courtney. Frozen River. Sony Classics, 2008.


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Book club selections 2018-19 PDF


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