Fri, Nov 13 | Zoom

"The American Dilemma": Foreign Contract Labor and the Making of US Immigration Policy

In this presentation, Dr. Hideta Hirota (Sophia University) will introduce his current book project, which examines a fundamental dilemma in American history – the tension between nativism against foreigners and demand for their labor. This event is co-sponsored by the Department of History at HKU.
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Time & Location

Nov 13, 2020, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM GMT+8
Zoom

About the Event

Link to the event: https://hku.zoom.us/j/95523946487

Abstract

This presentation introduces Hirota’s current book project, which examines a fundamental

dilemma in American history – the tension between nativism against foreigners and demand for

their labor. The book argues that the origins of the American dilemma lay in the importation of

foreign contract workers and attempts through federal laws to prevent this form of immigration

in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, a period in American history running roughly between

the 1880s and the 1920s. The presentation introduces an overview of the project, its major

historiographical contributions, and part of one chapter of the manuscript.

Hidetaka Hirota is an Associate Professor in the Department of English Studies at Sophia

University, where he teaches North American Studies and Migration Studies. His principal areas

of research include nineteenth-century US history, American immigration history, and

transnational history. He is the author of Expelling the Poor: Atlantic Seaboard States and the

Nineteenth-Century Origins of American Immigration Policy (Oxford University Press), which

received multiple book prizes including the First Book Award from the Immigration and Ethnic

History Society.

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of History at HKU. All are welcome. No registration is required. 

Our Seminar Series comprises of talks and works-in-progress seminars that meets 2-3 times over the semester for postgraduate students and academic staff. For further information, please conact us. 

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