Robert Lee

Brown University

Robert G. Lee is an associate professor of American Civilization and interim chair of the Department of American Civilization at Brown University. He has published on a wide range of subjects related to Asian American studies, racial formations, and relations between Asia and America. His books include Dear Miye, Letters Home from Japan 1939-1946 (Stanford, 1995; Japanese edition – Asahi, 1999), Orientals: Asian Americans in Popular Culture (Temple, 1999, Japanese and Chinese editions, 2006) and Displacements and Diasporas: Asians in the Americas (Rutgers, 2005). Lee’s current research is a study of how immigrant Chinese and their American-born citizen offspring constructed discourses of citizenship in the face of legal and social exclusion.

Lee received his PhD in history from Brown University.

What is the historical relationship between race and U.S. citizenship policy?
Why did people from China come to the United States
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