In our screening of Documented, we will learn about the life of Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who is an undocumented immigrant and activist in the U.S. Vargas, a Filipino American, continues to be a strong proponent of immigration reform. The screening will shed light on the fact that undocumented immigrants are close to home, that they are our classmates and friends, that they are integral and important members of society, and that their desire for citizenship and belonging is an everyday struggle that cannot be ignored. This event will bring together members of the Chapel Hill community and university to discuss important issues of Asian migration to the U.S. and immigrant integration.
The panel will include Shelley Lee, an associate professor of Comparative American Studies and History at Oberlin College, and Eileen Chow, a visiting associate professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University. Carolina Asia Center director Morgan Pitelka will moderate the panel.
This event is part of Crises of Citizenship: Global Spotlight Week 2018, a collaboration between six UNC-Chapel Hill area studies centers including the Carolina Asia Center, Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, African Studies Center, Center for European Studies, Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies and Institute for the Study of the Americas.