April 03, 2006


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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Evelyn Hu-DeHart will give the lecture, "Asians in the Americas," April 10 at 7 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

The lecture, which is open to the public without charge, is the inaugural address for the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender (CSREG) lecture series.

Hu-DeHart is professor of history and director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown University.

Shortly after Columbus lost his way en route to "Las Indias" and landed in a place later named "America," Spaniards and other Europeans reached Asia and created global trading systems that connected Asia, Europe, America and Africa.

Asians, who began appearing in different parts of the Americas as early as the beginning of the 17th century, came as individuals and in groups, as sojourners and settlers. They became artists and artisans, coolies and shopkeepers, guerrillas and presidents, writers and journalists.

"Whether reviled as the `yellow peril' or revered as `freedom fighters,' impounded in concentration camps or arrested as spies, elevated to being a `model minority' and `honorary whites,' Asians in the Americas have been subject to many racial constructions and social formations," Hu-DeHart said.

Hu-DeHart is the author of several books including Missionaries, Miners, and Indians: History of Spanish Contact with the Yaqui Indians of Northwestern New Spain, 1533-1830, Yaqui Resistance and Survival: Struggle for Land and Autonomy, 1821-1910, and Adaptacion y Resistencia en el Yaquimi: Los Yaquis Durante la Colonia. Coleccion de Historia de los pueblos indigenas de Mexico.

For more information, contact Sue Reed, CSREG director, at 577-3474.

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Story posted April 2, 2006

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