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In Tacoma every Monday evening this August, UFPPC's book discussion group will be examining five books on American immigration policy.[1]  --  Immigration is one of the burning issues of our time, and positions individuals take do not fall out along traditional left-right lines.  --  The volumes to be discussed:  --  Roger Daniels, Guarding the Golden Door: American Immigration Policy and Immigrants since 1882 (2004);  --  Erika Lee, At America's Gates: Chinese Immigration during the Exclusion Era, 1882-1943 (2003; paperback 2007);  --  Lucy E. Salyer, Laws Harsh As Tigers: Chinese Immigrants and the Shaping of Modern Immigration Law (Univ. of North Carolina Press, 1995);  --  Philippe Legrain, Immigrants: Your Country Needs Them (Princeton University Press, 2007);  --  Mark Steyn, America Alone: The End of the World As We Know It (Regnery, 2006).  --  Digging Deeper meets Mondays from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Mandolin Café in Tacoma.  --  More information below....

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WHAT:  Digging Deeper XXXIV: American Immigration Policy
WHO:  Led by Mark Jensen
WHEN:  Monday, August 6, 13, 20, & 27, 2007 -- 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
WHERE:  Mandolin Café, 3923 South 12th St., Tacoma, WA 98405

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United for Peace
of Pierce County (WA)
Study Circle:
August 6, 13, 20 & 27, 2007
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DIGGING DEEPER XXXIV: American Immigration Policy

Immigration policy is one of the burning issues of our time, and the positions individuals take tend not to fall out along traditional left-right lines. Digging Deeper XXXIV will examine five books:

—Roger Daniels, Guarding the Golden Door: American Immigration Policy and Immigrants since 1882 (Hill and Wang, 2004).  “In this carefully researched study, historian Daniels traces an erratic fever chart of changing attitudes among the American lawmakers who have set the conditions for legal entry into the country.  Beginning his chronicle with the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, Daniels probes the convoluted politics behind immigration law, exposing the unexpected emergence of new immigration opportunities from policymaking suffused with racist logic and deceitful rhetoric. . . . [F]ew books offer a fuller context for the key issues.”  —Bryce Christensen, Booklist.

—Erika Lee, At America's Gates: Chinese Immigration during the Exclusion Era, 1882-1943 (Univ. of North Carolina Press, 2003; paperback 2007).  “At America's Gates is the first book devoted entirely to both Chinese immigrants and the American immigration officials who sought to keep them out.  Erika Lee explores how Chinese exclusion laws not only transformed Chinese American lives, immigration patterns, identities, and families but also recast the United States into a ‘gatekeeping nation.’ . . . Drawing on a rich trove of historical sources—including recently released immigration records, oral histories, interviews, and letters—Lee brings alive the forgotten journeys, secrets, hardships, and triumphs of Chinese immigrants.”  —Book description.  (This book won the 2003 Theodore Saloutos Memorial Book Prize for the best book on immigration studies and was the 2004 Choice Outstanding Academic Title.)

—Lucy E. Salyer, Laws Harsh As Tigers: Chinese Immigrants and the Shaping of Modern Immigration Law (Univ. of North Carolina Press, 1995).  “Lucy Salyer analyzes the popular and legal debates surrounding immigration law and its enforcement during the height of nativist sentiment in the early twentieth century. . . . By establishing the centrality of the Chinese to immigration policy, Salyer also integrates the history of Asian immigrants on the West Coast with that of European immigrants in the East.”  —Book description.  (This book won the Theodore Saloutos Memorial Prize from the Immigration History Society in 1995 for the best book on immigration history.)

—Philippe Legrain, Immigrants: Your Country Needs Them (Princeton University Press, 2007).  “The book is a superb combination of direct reportage with detailed analysis of the evidence.”  —Martin Wolf, Financial Times.  “Mr. Legrain has assembled powerful evidence to undermine the economic arguments against immigration.”  —The Economist.

—Mark Steyn, America Alone: The End of the World As We Know It (Regnery, 2006).  “In this, his first major book, Mark Steyn—probably the most widely read, and wittiest, columnist in the English-speaking world—takes on the great poison of the twenty-first century:  the anti-Americanism that fuels both Old Europe and radical Islam.  America, Steyn argues, will have to stand alone.  The world will be divided between America and the rest; and for our sake America had better win.”  —Book description.  This anti-Muslim tract is much read by neoconservatives, according to Johann Hari of The Independent.

MEETING SCHEDULE — Mondays from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Mandolin Café, 3923 S. 12th St., Tacoma, WA.

No charge for participation. Some copies available for loan or sale. Contact: Mark Jensen (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 253-756-7519).

Regular meetings of United for Peace of Pierce County are held at 6:30 p.m. on 1st Thursdays and at 7:00 p.m. on 3rd Thursdays at First Congregational Church, 209 S. “J” St., Tacoma, WA

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United for Peace
of Pierce County (WA)
Study Circle:
August 6, 13, 20 & 27, 2007
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