Year in Program: 1
Region: United States, East Asia
I am a first-year student interested in researching how the legal regulation of Asian immigration to the United States in the 20th century shaped understandings of citizenship, family, and the nation.
My MA thesis at Eastern Michigan University focused on the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service’s post-WWII regulation of Japanese immigration. Specifically, I examined how the INS determined that marriages registered in Japan in the early 1950s between U.S. citizens and Japanese citizens were proxy marriages and therefore unrecognizable as marriages under U.S. immigration law.
Currently I am expanding on this project by examining the regulation of other family-based immigration from Japan and South Korea.