Donate online here today and help CAAM reach our week 2 goal of raising $25,000 by this Sunday, August 28th. For a limited time only, the first seven people who donate $175 or more to our campaign will receive a copy of historian and professor Erika Lee’s acclaimed book, The Making of Asian America and a CAAM organic cotton tote bag (supplies limited).
Your gift will help CAAM distribute free educational resources and community screenings to thousands of students, teachers and community members in support of this new film by acclaimed filmmakers Ric Burns and Li-Shin Yu of Steeplechase Films.
“She tells an American story familiar to anyone who has read Walt Whitman, seeking to capture America in all its diversity and difference, while at the same time pleading for America to realize its democratic potential.” — Los Angeles Times review
“Importantly, Lee notes that as the ‘first immigrants to be excluded from the United States, Asians became the first undocumented immigrants’; as such, they were also the target of the first of many national panics around so-called illegal immigration.” — New York Times review
About Erika Lee
Historian Erika Lee is one of the historians interviewed in THE CHINESE EXCLUSION ACT PBS documentary. One of the the nation’s leading immigration and Asian American historians. Erika Lee teaches American history at the University of Minnesota, where she holds the Rudolph J. Vecoli Chair in Immigration History, is Director of the Immigration History Research Center, and a Distinguished McKnight University Professor.
The granddaughter of Chinese immigrants, Lee grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and received her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of the award-winning books At America’s Gates: Chinese Immigration during the Exclusion Era, 1882-1943 and Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America (co-authored with Judy Yung), and The Making of Asian America, recently published to wide acclaim. Learn more about Erika Lee at her website www.erikalee.org/about