YBCA presents a conversation between YBCA Executive Director Kenneth Foster and historian Nayan Shah, who will be introducing and reading from his much anticipated new book, Stranger Intimacy.
In exploring an array of intimacies between global migrants Shah illuminates a stunning, transient world of heterogeneous social relations—dignified, collaborative, and illicit. At the same time he demonstrates how the United States and Canada, in collusion with each other, actively sought to exclude and dispossess nonwhite races. Stranger Intimacy reveals the intersections between capitalism, the state's treatment of immigrants, sexual citizenship, and racism in the first half of the twentieth century.
Nayan Shah is Associate Professor of History at the University of California, San Diego and the author of Contagious Divides (UC Press).
The reading and talk will be hosted by YBCA's Executive Director Ken Foster.
Nayan Shah was born in Washington D.C. and grew up in suburban Maryland. Since the early 1990s, he has passionately explored the multi-racial diversity of the North American west and uncovered the unusual cosmopolitan connections and conflicts that have dramatically transformed urban and rural communities from 1870 to 1940. He teaches U.S. history, Asian American history, and history of sexuality at the University of California, San Diego.