“Nation of Migrants” and “A part and Apart.”

“Nation of Migrants” and “A part and Apart.”

In “Nation of Migrants,” author Adam Goodman discusses the importance as well as the historical benefits of replacing immigration with migration. Goodman argues that the nation of immigrants’ paradigm fails to acknowledge important aspects of migration history like the failure to incorporate African American as well as Native American migrators and overall the support of American exceptionalism. Goodman argues that using a migration based paradigm explores different aspects of migrant lives as well as overall movements. Combining internal and international migrations allows for a better understanding of where these migrators originated from. To conclude, Goodman instills the importance of the influence migrants had in immigrant experience and that the United States shares a history of migrations with much of the world.


“A part and Apart: Asian American and Immigration History” by Erika Lee explores Lee’s experience through the beginnings of her career as an Asian Americanist immigration historian. In the beginning of the reading, Lee highlights the complications the field of Immigration history faces in the divide of European based historiography versus interdisciplinary ethnic studies. The incorporation of disciplines of other ethnic studies can provide a better insight on migration movements and patterns from around the globe rather than just European centered. Also, the reasons or motivations behind migration are more than just push/pull factors. The example Lee presents are capitalism, imperialism, etc. This can be seen through the variety of movements behind Asian migration as well as the diverse populations that were involved. These can help, Lee argues, with complicated migration histories and larger historical patterns. This leads to Lees overall argument which is that Asian American studies intersects with immigration history in a vast number of ways and that using Asian American studies is essential to understanding immigration history.

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