By K. Scott Wong

About K. Scott Wong

K. Scott Wong is James Phinney Baxter III Professor of History and Public Affairs at Williams College, where he teaches a variety of courses in Asian American history, comparative immigration history, history and memory, and the history of race and ethnicity in American culture. In addition to numerous articles in journals and anthologies, he co-­edited, with Sucheng Chan, Claiming America: Constructing Chinese American Identities during the Exclusion Era (1998), and he is the author of “Americans First”: Chinese Americans and the Second World War (2005). He is a series editor for the Asian American History and Culture series published by Temple University Press.

Welcome, Keywords for Asian American Studies

We are pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of Keywords for Asian American Studies. As co-editors, we took seriously the diversity of an interdisciplinary field born out of Civil Rights struggle, anti-war protest, and anti-imperial resistance. Notwithstanding “traditional” disciplinary homes in the social sciences and humanities, we – like our contributors – have come together to contemplate the expansive contours of “Asian America,” a formation that encompasses multiple migrations, ethnicities, and histories.

It is fitting that the publication of Keywords for Asian American Studies coincides with a number of anniversaries which, to varying degrees, figure keenly in Asian American history. In particular, 2015 marks the seventieth anniversary of the end of World War II; the fiftieth anniversary of the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act (a.k.a. Hart-Celler Act), the 1965 Voting Rights Act, and the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution; and the fortieth anniversary of the conclusion of the second Indochina …

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