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 has been the response toward immigrants arriving in the United States?
How has race affected the experience of immigrants?
How has immigration affected the countries of origin?
What is a diaspora?
What was the Chinese Exclusion Act?
Who are you and what do you do?
Why have there been backlashes against immigrant groups in the United States?
Why has the United States been a destination for immigrants?
Why should high school students learn about immigration?
How can people learn more about the experiences of different immigrant groups?
What are some examples of how immigrants have shaped or changed the U.S. Constitution?
Are there other events from U.S. history that influenced public opinion about immigrants?
How have immigrant groups organized themselves politically and socially in the United States?
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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