Asian American Speaker Series: “The (In)Flexibility of Racial Policies: Chinese Americans in the Jim Crow South”

  • Monday, February 26, 2018 • 4:30 pm
  • Formal Lounge, Ann M. Olin Women’s Building, Washington University in St. Louis
February 26, 2018 – 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Women’s Building Formal Lounge


Professor Stacey Lee
Educational Policy Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Stacey J. Lee is a professor in Educational Policy Studies and a faculty affiliate in Asian American Studies. She received her PhD in Anthropology of Education from the University of Pennsylvania, MA in Political Science from New York University and AB in Political Science from Vassar College. Her research focuses on the role of education in the incorporation of immigrants into the US. She is the author of Unraveling the Model Minority Stereotype: Listening to Asian American Youth and Up Against Whiteness: Race, school and immigrant youth.

Jim Crow policies structured nearly every aspect of life in the Mississippi Delta for a hundred years, reinforcing White supremacy and the subordination of Blacks. Although Jim Crow policies were developed to reinforce the boundaries and the status differences between Blacks and Whites, they were also used to control other groups of color. When the first Chinese Americans settled in the Mississippi Delta during Reconstruction they were classified as Black. While Whites continue to resist admitting Black students into White schools in the 21st century, this paper considers how Chinese Americans used (in)visibility to negotiate access to white schools as early as the 1930’s.

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