Selected Articles and Op-Eds

“Asian American Histories for Uncertain Times (OAH Presidential Address), Journal of American History 110: 2 (September 2023): 211-229

“Immigration,” in Julian Zelzer and Kevin Kruse, eds., Myth America: Historians Take on the Biggest Lies and Legends About Our Past (Basic Books, 2023). New York Times instant bestseller

“A New Era of Immigration Restriction,” Journal of America History (Epilogue to special issue on “Immigration Restriction Then and Now: Re-Examining the Impact and Legacy of the 1921 and 1924 Immigration Acts,”) September 2022

The Perils of Public Engagement” (with Nicole Hemmer, Ibram X. Kendi, Kevin M. Kruse, and Manisha Sinha,” Modern American History 5:2 (July 2022) 209-219

Xenophobia Powers the United States,Public Books, June 15, 2022

The Necessity of Teaching Asian American History,The American Historian (May 2022)

Angel Island’s Historian,” Amerasia 46:3 (June 2021) 374-376

How the U.S. Weaponized COVID Against Migrants,” (with Maddalena Marinari and Ibrahim Hirsi) Public Books, August 2, 2021

What Does It Mean to Be American? Ask an Immigrant,Los Angeles Times, July 4, 2021

Americans Are the Disease-Carrying Foreigners Now,” Washington Post, July 8, 2020

“The WWII Incarceration of Japanese Americans Stretched Beyond US Borders,” Time, December 4, 2019

“Trump’s Xenophobia is an American Tradition – But It Doesn’t Have to Be,” Washington Post, November 26, 2019

“The Trump Administration’s Proposed Changes to the ‘Public Charge’ Rule Lack Merit,” (with Ryan Allen, Jack DeWaard, Christopher Levesque,) MinnPost, December 12, 2018

 “The New Xenophobia and the Role of the Public Scholar Today,” UNC Press Blog, April 7, 2017

Commentator and Contributor, “We’ve Been Here Before: Historians Annotate and Analyze Immigration Ban’s Place in History,” Public Radio International, Feb. 1, 2017 

 “The Contradictory Legacy of the 1965 Immigration Act,” Zocalo Public Square, September 29, 2015

“Angel Island Immigration Station,” (with Judy Yung) Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History (online) (September 2015) 

 “A History Lesson for Donald Trump and His Supporters: In 1898, the Supreme Court Ruled in Favor of Wong Kim Ark and Safeguarded Birthright Citizenship for Millions,” New York Daily News, August 18, 2015

Myths and Realities about Immigration in the Past and Present,” Medium, July 22, 2015

“Chinese now largest group of U.S. immigrants” Iowa City Press-Citizen, July 13, 2015

“Chinese Now Top U.S. Immigrant Arrivals,” Orange County Register, July 12, 2015

“What Happened to America’s Other Illegal Immigrants?” Time, July 8, 2015

“Chinese Immigrants Now Make Up the Largest Group of New Arrivals to the U.S.” Zocalo Public Square, July 7, 2015

“Chinese Immigrants Now Make Up the Largest Group of New Arrivals to the U.S.,USA Today, July 7, 2015

“What Happened to America’s Other Illegal Immigrants,” Time, July 8, 2015

“Where do U.S. immigrants come from? The No. 1 country is… China” Houston Chronicle, July 7, 2015

“Chinese immigrants now largest group of new arrivals to the U.S” USA Today, July 7, 2015

“Minnesotans’ Refugee Stories, 40 Years After the Fall of Saigon,” (co-authored with Elizabeth Venditto) Minneapolis Star Tribune, April 29, 2015

“Angel Island’s History Offers Lessons on Immigration Policy,” (co-authored with Judy Yung) Los Angeles Times, January 21, 2010