Discovering Yourself a Stranger

Law and the Citizen

ISBN: 978-1-80043-028-0, eISBN: 978-1-80043-027-3

ISSN: 1059-4337

Publication date: 9 September 2020


This chapter re-assesses the stories of three important Asian American women in the United States in the first half of the twentieth century. Like many undocumented migrants in our current day, they each “discovered,” as children and as young adults, that they and other members of their families had a “pariah status,” as immigrants, as women of color, and as persons who could not enjoy the rights and opportunities of citizens of the United States. This chapter explores how they coped with being “unlawful,” with their precarious status, both by evading the law and then also by becoming critics of the law itself.




Research for this project was supported in part by a grant from the Russell Sage Foundation, Award #93-16-05.


Park, J.S.W. (2020), "Discovering Yourself a Stranger", Sarat, A. (Ed.) Law and the Citizen (Studies in Law, Politics, and Society, Vol. 84), Emerald Publishing Limited, pp. 21-42.

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