Keynote Speaker


Madeline Hsu, PhD

“Hierarchies of Migration Rights: Ideology and Law in the 1917 Barred Zone Act.” 


Madeline Y. Hsu served as Director of the Center for Asian American Studies 2006-2014 and the Vice-President of the International Society for the Study of Chinese Overseas. She is currently Associate Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin.  She was born in Columbia, Missouri but grew up in Taiwan and Hong Kong between visits with her grandparents at their store in Altheimer, Arkansas.  She received her undergraduate degrees in History from Pomona College and PhD from Yale University.

Her first monograph, Dreaming of Gold, Dreaming of Home: Transnationalism and Migration Between the United States and South China, 1882-1943 (Stanford University Press, 2000) received the 2002 Association for Asian American Studies History Book Award.  Her edited anthologies include Chinese Americans and the Politics of Culture, with Sucheng Chan (Temple University Press, 2008) and Chinese American Transnational Politics (University of Illinois Press, 2010) featuring articles by Him Mark Lai.  The Good Immigrants: How the Yellow Peril Became the Model Minority(Princeton University Press, 2015) is her second monograph.  She is currently writing “Asian American History: A Very Short Introduction” for Oxford University Press.