John Doe Chinaman and California's Color Line

Beth Lew-Williams, associate professor of history at Princeton University, explores the history of the color line—the border crossed by Chinese migrants long before the advent of U.S. border control.

Lew-Williams discusses the story historians have told and retold of Chinese migrants' attempts to cross the border, America's attempts to stop them, and the lives the color line touched.

This is the Cheng Foundation Lecture.