No One is Illegal on Stolen Land (1)

Lesson 1

Decolonial Atlas


“Illegal Aliens a Problem of Law and History” from Impossible Subjects by Mae M. Ngai

The Birth of ‘Illegal’ Immigration



The Forgotten History of the Western Klan

Coronavirus fears show how ‘model minority’ Asian Americans become the ‘yellow peril’

‘Model Minority’ Myth Again Used As A Racial Wedge Between Asians And Blacks

Discussion Questions:

  1. How was racial capitalism used to exploit Asian workers?
  2. What strategies did Asian immigrants use to get to the United States even though they were excluded?
  3. Asians are often seen as perpetual foreigners and unassimilable into American society. How did this affect Wong Kim Ark’s fight for citizenship? 
  4. How has Chinese Exclusion contributed to the violence we see today against Asians? What specific kinds of violence do Asian women experience? How can we describe this using the concept of intersectionality?
  5. What stereotypes are often used against Asians? How do Asians fit into the racial hierarchy in the United States?