Migration Scholar Collaborative (MiSC) member, Mae Ngai, was deliberately shoved on the
street of New York City’s Upper West Side in what appears to be an anti-Asian motivated attack.
Holder of an endowed chair at Columbia University, Professor Ngai is one of the foremost
historians of immigration history in the United States. We are grateful for all Professor Ngai
has contributed to advancing the field of history and informing public understanding of
immigration history. Although professors generally occupy a privileged position in our society,
this attack demonstrates the vulnerability of all Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI)
people in the United States today.
The US is currently experiencing a rise in hate crimes throughout the country against nonmajority
groups. AAPI people have been experiencing a rash of such attacks during this past
year, as illustrated by the horrific murder of eight people in a massage parlor in Atlanta.
However, as historians, we want to recognize that anti-Asian racism has deep roots in this
country stretching back to the nineteenth century and is part of systemic racism in the US. We
will continue our mission at MiSC to educate the public on immigration history and to advocate
for migrant justice. We stand in solidarity with our colleague Mae Ngai and with all the other
AAPI people who are victims of racial violence and discrimination. We call on everyone to
StopAAPIHate with dozens of AAPI organizations.
Migration Scholar Collaborative, Steering Committee
Erika Lee, University of Minnesota
Maddalena Marinari, Gustavus Adolphus College
Monica Martinez, University of Texas, Austin
Stephen Pitti, Yale University
Elliott Young, Lewis & Clark College