Boston’s King Incident of 1905
In this lecture, Emma J. Teng examines the King incident of 1905, in which four Chinese students were detained and denied landing at the port of Boston. She will discuss the role of this incident in contestations over immigration law to elucidate the conflicted position of Chinese elites – disempowered by race yet empowered by class status – under Exclusion. An international controversy involving the detention of four wealthy students seeking to enter the US at Boston, the King case touched off public protest from Euro-American elites and business contingents and also pushed forward the American Boycott movement in Shanghai. The case served as a key triggering incident in the pivot away from the movement for a wholesale “Chinese ban” toward the institutionalization of class discernment in US immigration policy. An examination of this case helps restore our understanding of the agency of individual Chinese elites in the political negotiations that shaped Chinese Exclusion as both obstruction and flow, and contributes to the analysis of the dynamic intersectionality of race and class under this border regime.
Emma Teng is the T.T. and Wei Fong Chao Professor of Asian Civilization at MIT. She teaches courses in Chinese culture, Chinese migration history, Asian American history, East Asian culture, and women's and gender studies.
the Newhouse Center for the Humanities and the department of East Asian language and cultures.
Nov 19, 4–5:15 PM
Nov 11, 2:30–3:45 PMRemembering the Battle of Greasy Grass, aka The Battle of Little Bighorn
Newhouse Center fellow and WGST professor Elena Creef presents a visual record of a sacred, weeklong Native American Prayer Ride in commemoration of General Custer's defeat at Greasy Grass, aka Little Bighorn, in 1876.Event Date:Wednesday, November 11, 2020 -2:30pm to 3:45pm
Dec 3, 4–5:15 PMTransatlantic Pacts: America and the Production of Postwar French Literature
Newhouse Center fellow Sara Kippur (Associate Professor of French, Trinity College) will host a workshop-style presentation on her ongoing research project, a transatlantic literary history of postwar French literature.Event Date:Thursday, December 3, 2020 -4:00pm to 5:15pm
Nov 11, 4:30 PMTitle IX and Sexual Misconduct on Campus
This talk will cover the history of Title IX, the changes to its enforcement under the Obama and Trump administrations, and how colleges can protect students from discrimination without compromising free speech and due process rights.Event Date:Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 4:30pm