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Graduate Student Research Showcase

The graduate students in the American Studies program at Purdue produce forward-thinking original scholarship and creative productions that push the boundaries of American Studies as a field, as well as that of the various disciplines with which they engage. This page regularly showcases these young scholars and their current interdisciplinary research. 

Yu Dou

My project focuses upon Chinese students at Purdue in the 1900s. I perceive them not merely as ambassadors from China or messengers of knowledge from the U.S. They are, in fact, a fascinating yet overlooked entry point to uncover Chinese migrants’ experiences in the U.S. Midwest. Their experiences, I would argue, help us envisage the possibility of “inclusion” during the Chinese Exclusion era (1882-1943). They help us understand race relations in the U.S., the seeking of a Chinese modernity, and the diplomatic relationship between the U.S. and China in the early 20th century when global imperialism and colonialism were dominant.



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