Join Dr. Willow Lung-Amam as she discusses her new book Trespassers? on the vital role of immigrants in the changing urban landscape and their fight for inclusion within the suburban American Dream. Over the last few decades, California’s Silicon Valley has become not only the world 's technological epicenter, but also one of the fastest growing, and most racially and ethnically diverse regions in the U.S. Spurred by the rise of tech giants like Google and Facebook, the region has attracted diverse, highly-educated immigrants from across the globe, particularly Asia. These migrants have built their new lives among the region 's many predominately white, middle-class suburbs. Trespassers? explores the dreams and struggles of Asian Americans as they have made their homes in Silicon Valley suburbia, and the tensions that have often emerged over the region 's changing character.
Willow Lung-Amam, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor in Urban Studies and Planning at the University of Maryland, College Park and Director of Community Development for the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education.
Sponsored by the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, Asian American Studies Center, Asian American Studies Department, and Luskin School's Urban Planning Department.