"We were born where Union Station is"

Anti-Mexican + Anti-Chinese Border Policing in the Heart of Los Angeles during the 1930s

Isabela Seong Leong Quintana

In the early 1920s, Los Angeles’ Plaza area was a vibrant residential and business district, and home to a majority of the city’s Mexican and Chinese residents. Strikingly by 1938 all that remained of these neighborhoods was a handful of homes, shops, and restaurants, when the city constructed a new railroad depot, civic buildings, and a tourist zone. Urban renewal functioned in tandem with the removal of both Chinese and Mexican people from the area through anti-Mexican deportations and repatriation campaigns, and ongoing anti-Chinese exclusion policies and practices. Drawing on stories of Chinese and Mexican women and children who experienced removal, this discussion will examine how attention to the gendered spatialization of national borders in local places can help us to reconsider our understanding of Asian and Latinx histories in the United States. “

Sponsored by LatinX and Latin America Working group for Faculty Commons at the Center for Ideas & Society

Thursday, February 20 at 2:00pm to 3:30pm

CHASS Interdisciplinary South, 1109

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