Seminar : « Imperial Migration : Labor, Race, and U.S. Global Power in the Early Twentieth Century », Global China and the Future of Capitalism Seminar Series


 4:30 - 6:30pm
 Social Sciences Chambers, 11/F, The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU
Prof. Julie Greene

Global China and the Future of Capitalism Seminar Series

Organised by

The Department of Sociology, University of Hong Kong &

The Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Hong Kong

in collaboration with

The French Centre for Research on Contemporary China (CEFC)

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Prof. Julie Greene, Vice President, Labor and Working-Class History Association

Professor of History & Co-Director of Center for Global Migration Studies, University of Maryland


The acquisition of an empire that stretched across North America, the Caribbean, Central America and the Pacific world transformed the United States at the turn of the twentieth century. While scholars have examined many aspects of U.S. expansionism, a neglected issue involved the imperial labor migrations it required. From across North America, the Caribbean, southern Europe, and Asia, men and women were recruited to labor in the service of building U.S. global power. Officials saw recuriting and moving laborers from far away as necessary to ensure productivity and discipine.  This required U.S. government and corporate leaders to experiment with labor management in ways that shaped the ‘long twentieth century’ of U.S. history. Mobility was not only central to the logic of U.S. Empire; when possible workers also deployed it for their own ends. Therefore migration become a terrain of struggle between workers and government officials. This paper looks in particular at documents generated by twon migrating groups to the important role played by migration in the making of U.S. global power: Afro-Caribbeans who traveled to construct the Panama Canal, and soldiers who served iun the War of 1898 and the Philippine-American War.


Prof. Pun Ngai, Department of Sociology, HKU


Dr. Chris Chan, Department of Applied Social Sciences, City University of Hong Kong

The seminar will be held in English.

This seminar is the third of the “Global China and the Future of Capitalism Seminar Series” being held in 2018 and 2019. The concept note is available here.

All interested are welcome, limited seats.

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