october, 2022

13oct3:00 pm- 4:30 pmU of Toronto: Book Talk with Mae Ngai

Event Details

Book Talk with Mae Ngai (Columbia University) – The Chinese Question: The Gold Rushes, Chinese Migration, and Global Politics

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Event description:

In roughly five decades, between 1848 and 1899, more gold was removed from the earth than had been mined in the 3,000 preceding years, bringing untold wealth to individuals and nations. But friction between Chinese and white settlers on the goldfields of California, Australia, and South Africa catalyzed a global battle over “the Chinese Question”: would the United States and the settler colonies of the British Empire outlaw Chinese immigration? Professor Ngai offers a new history of the Chinese diaspora in the West, situating it in the history of global capitalism, in which a feverish alchemy of race and money brought Chinese people to the West and reshaped the nineteenth-century world.

This talk is based on Professor Ngai’s recent book The Chinese Question: The Gold Rushes and Global Politics (W. W. Norton, 2022).

Speaker: Mae Ngai (Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies; Professor of History and Co-Director, Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, Columbia University)

Chair: Takashi Fujitani (Dr. David Chu Chair in Asia-Pacific Studies, Professor of History, and Director of the Dr. David Chu Program in Asia-Pacific Studies)

Organized by the Dr. David Chu Program in Asia-Pacific Studies and co-sponsored by the Department of History, University of Toronto


(Thursday) 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


Campbell Conference Facility (CCF), Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, U of T 1 Devonshire Place Toronto, ON M5S 3K7 Canada