The Chinese Question: The Gold Rushes and Global Politics – A Conversation with Mae Ngai

Friday, November 19, 2021
1:00pm to 2:00pm
Zoom Webinar
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How did Chinese migration to the goldfields of California, Australia and South Africa both upend the global economy and forge modern conceptions of race?

Join us for a conversation with historian Mae Ngai (Lung Family Professor Asian American Studies, and Professor of History at Columbia University) about her remarkable new book, The Chinese Question: The Gold Rushes and Global Politics (Norton, 2021), with discussants Harvey Dong (Continuing Lecturer of Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies) and Chris Tomlins (Elizabeth Josselyn Boalt Professor of Law), and moderator Lok Siu (Associate Professor of Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies).

Click here to purchase a copy of The Chinese Question from Eastwind Books of Berkeley. 

Presented by Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies, the Asian American Research Center, the Center for Race & Gender, Eastwind Books of Berkeley, the IGS Race, Ethnicity and Immigration Colloquium, and the Center for Chinese Studies.

IMPORTANT: We will begin allowing access to the webinar at 12:58 pm PT. Once the Zoom capacity for the webinar has reached its limit of 100 attendees, those unable to access the webinar can view the conversation via livestream at CRG's Facebook Page (

*If you require an accommodation for effective communication (ASL interpreting/CART captioning, alternative media formats, etc.) to fully participate in this event, please contact Ariana Ceja at centerrg [at] with as much advance notice as possible and at least 7-10 days in advance of the event.