03 Feb Constituting the U.S. Empire-State and White Supremacy
Moon-Kie Jung (Asian American Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
Wednesday, February 3 / 4:00 PM
MultiCultural Center Theater
Against the prevalent assumption that the United States is a nation-state, the US is reconceptualized here as an empire-state. In addition to being descriptively more apt, this shift provides a firmer basis for understanding the US as a racial state. Considering examples from constitutional law of the long nineteenth century, this talk aims to make unified sense of the seemingly disparate histories of the racial subjection of different peoples and groups at the hands of the US, and to see connections between their experiences. Moon-Kie Jung teaches sociology and Asian American studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of Reworking Race: The Making of Hawaii’s Interracial Labor Movement (2006).
Sponsored by the IHC’s Citizenship and Democracy in the 21st Century RFG, The Center for New Racial Studies, and the Department of Asian American Studies.