Author Meets Critics: Trespassers?: Asian Americans and the Battle for Suburbia

Type: Panel
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Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM (MDT)
Room: Poydras, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
Organizers: Willow Lung Amam
Chairs: Katrin Anacker


In the last half century, the suburbs of the largest American metropolitan areas have become home to the majority of their immigrant and minority populations. This is particularly true in high-tech regions. Spurred by the rise of tech giants, California’s Silicon Valley has become one of the fastest growing, and most racially and ethnically diverse regions in the United States. The region is particularly popular among highly skilled and educated immigrants from Asia.

As diverse migrants have settled in suburbia, its landscape has increasingly come to reflect their suburban American Dream and act as an important place to register their claims for equality and inclusion. In Silicon Valley, as Asian American newcomers have settled in the region’s predominately white, middle-class suburbs and invested in schools, neighborhoods, and shopping centers, conflicts and tensions over the changing character of landscape have frequently emerged.

Please join us for a discussion with Willow Lung-Amam, Ph.D., author of the new book, Trespassers?: Asian Americans and the Battle for Suburbia, which explores the dreams and struggles of Asian Americans as they have made their homes in Silicon Valley suburbia. The panel will feature Dr. Lung-Amam and a panel of experts discussing the vital role of immigrants in shaping cities and neighborhoods across the United States.


Type Details Minutes
Panelist Katrin Anacker George Mason University 15
Discussant Wei Li Arizona State University 15
Panelist James Zarsadiaz University of San Francisco 15
Panelist Wendy Cheng Scripps College 15
Introduction Willow Lung Amam University of Maryland 15

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