Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America.

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Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America by Mae M. Ngai Princeton University Press, 2004 Moderator: Robert A. Fung Session 3B Friday, 1:45-3:00 Garden B

SYNOPSIS: This book traces the origins of the "illegal alien" in American law and society, explaining why and how illegal migration became the central problem in US immigration policy and the twentieth century. It includes case studies of Filipinos, Mexicans, Japanese, and Chinese who comprised, variously, illegal aliens, alien citizens, colonial subjects, and imported contract workers.

AUTHOR: Mae M. Ngai is Associate Professor of History at the University of Chicago. She earned her PhD from Columbia University in 1998. Her...

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