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Lecture: “An Accidental Immigrant” with Ya-Mei Chen

March 27, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Princeton Adult School presents a series of classes on “This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land…” Immigration and the U.S.

As our self-described nation of immigrants struggles with the 21st century version of its identity, are the words of the song still true, or are they–have they become a contradiction? For this series we have asked several experts to take a look at immigration in its many manifestations–historical, economic, social, political, legal, religious, and musical. What can we learn from the often conflicting layers of the past that will help us understand and deal with the issues of the present?

This week, join Ya-Mei Chen, Field Office Director for the Mt. Laurel Field Office of US Citizenship and Immigration Services, for “An Accidental Immigrant.”

These lectures are co-sponsored by the Princeton Adult School and the Community Auditing Program of Princeton University’s Office of Community and Regional Affairs.


Other classes in the series are listed below. Please note that registration is required for this series.

Feb. 27 Apostles of Race: Immigration, Religion, and Black Racial Identity during the Gilded Age
JUDITH WEISENFELD, Professor of Religion, Department of Religion, Princeton University

March 6 Immigration in American Economic History
LEAH BOUSTAN, Professor, Department of Economics, Princeton University


March 20 The War Against Immigrants: How Can Citizens and Community Resist?
PATRICIA FERNANDEZ-KELLY, Professor of Sociology, Research Associate, Office of Population Research, Princeton University

April 3 Chinese Exclusion and the Making of the Modern American Alien
BETH LEW-WILLIAMS, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Princeton University

April 10 Viaje a la casita: Puerto Rican Music and Culture in the South Bronx
CESAR COLON-MONTIJO, Ph.D. candidate, Ethnomusicology, Columbia University

April 17 Moveable Feasts: Migration and Ethnic Cuisines in the United States
TESSA LOWINSKI DESMOND, Associate Research Scholar, American Studies, Princeton University

April 24 New Forms to Settle Old Scores: Immigration Workers Organizing in the Gilded Age
JANICE R. FINE, Associate Professor, School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey


March 27, 2018
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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