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The Reclaim Podcast

Apr 1, 2021

What is the story of Asian America? Jane Hong sits down with Raymond Chang and Michelle Ami Reyes to talk about the roots of the term “Asian American,” the impact of the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act on Asian immigration, and what kinds of changes can be made to immigration today.

Jane Hong is associate professor of history at Occidental College. She received her PhD in history from Harvard University and is the author of Opening the Gates to Asia: A Transpacific History of How America Repealed Asian Exclusion, published by UNC Press in 2019. Her current project considers how post-1965 Asian immigration changed US evangelical institutions and politics. The book, under contract with Oxford University Press, connects two historical developments rarely considered together: the rise of the Religious Right and the effects of the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act. Born and raised in the New York City area, Hong now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.

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Hosts: Raymond Chang, Michelle Reyes

Sound Engineers: Iris Kim, Sean Kim

Coordinator Grace Liu