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Tiger Event


January 29, 2021 at 12:30:00 AM

How Chinese Must a Chinese be? Identities of Chinese Indonesian Asylum Seekers On Trial in the US

Presenter / Panelists

ChorSwang Ngin, Professor of Anthropology and former Director of the Asian and Asian American Studies Program, California State University Los Angeles


Diane Young Spitzer, Deputy Director and General Counsel, Massachusetts Securities Division

This talk will explore the vexing question, “How do you verify someone is Chinese?” What constitutes being “Chinese” -- physical attributes, the language you speak, where you were born, your family’s culture, or other characteristics?  Please join anthropologist ChorSwang Ngin and attorney Diane Young-Spitzer in a conversation about ChorSwang’s work verifying the identity of Chinese Indonesians claiming persecution in Indonesia due to their Chinese identity when applying for asylum in the United States.

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