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International Seminar Series: “A Dwindling Community and the Advent of an American Desire”
Title of Presentation: A Dwindling Community and the Advent of an American Desire
Speaker: Mary Hollywood
Presentation Overview: Chinese were active in the building of the Central Paciﬁc Railroad (by its completion in 1869 Chinese made up 90% of the work force) and in the gold and silver mines of California. In the years after the completion of the railroad and the search for gold and silver waned, Chinese, who had always faced racial discrimination, faced an even more powerful form of racial discrimination from the American government. Chinese communities dwindled and the remaining residents sought ways to retain their culture. One such way was through food. The advent of Chinese restaurants that proliferate across the United States today has its origins in the discriminatory past of Chinese immigrant communities.
Speaker Bio: Mary Hollywood holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio and a Master’s degree in history from Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois. Mary Has taught American history at Illinois State University since 2006. She currently teaches courses in American Diversity, US History Since 1865, and American Immigration history with a research focus on race relations in the United States since 1800, and immigration from Europe and Asia. Her focus is on the legal changes that occurred in the late 18th and early 19th centuries and what caused them. Mary’s interest in immigration came from her background as the daughter of a Vietnamese mother who came to the United States in the 1960s as a war bride.
Series Overview: The International Seminar Series offers the Illinois State campus and Bloomington-Normal communities weekly opportunities to learn about a wide range of international topics. Guest speakers are usually experts in their fields across a range of disciplines who cover a wide array of cultural, historical, political and social topics.
Series events have become one of the most popular internationally focused events on campus and continue to draw ever-growing crowds of students, faculty and community members. Audience members are given time at each event to raise questions to enable a two-way participation and learning.
International Seminar Series events are free and open to the public, and occur every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. in the Bone Student Center. The fall 2018 series will focus on immigration.