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Gail M. Nomura
AAS 385
Seattle Campus

Asian Americans: The Law and Immigration

Traces the evolution of United States immigration law and policy from the nineteenth century to modern day, from free immigration to immigration restriction, through the elimination of race as a criterion, and culmination in the passage of the Simpson-Mezzoli bill. Recommended: either AAS 205 or AAS 206.

Class description

This course explores the relationship of law and racial justice in the history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans in the United States and the ways in which Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans have challenged and transformed our political and legal justice system. Our discussions will cover such issues as immigration and exclusion, naturalization and citizenship, sovereignty and self-determination, national security and civil liberties, language, education, and affirmative action.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Gail M. Nomura
Date: 11/12/2005