Lecture Series


Each year Friends of SaddleBrooke Libraries provides the SaddleBrooke community with several informative and entertaining lectures. All are offered free-of-charge to FSL members. Non-members are charged a nominal $5 fee to attend some of the lectures.

Coming on September 8th at 4:00 pm in the MountainView Clubhouse Ballroom

Paper Sons:  Tales of Chain Migration in TucsonPresented by Dr. Li Yang

A “paper son” is a term used for young Chinese immigrants coming to the United States prior to 1943 who claimed to be a son of a citizen but were, in fact, sons on paper only. In 1882, the Chinese Exclusion Act was passed to curb Chinese immigration to the U.S. The passage of this federal law and many other legislations subsequently ushered in a long period in the U.S. history when the Chinese were systematically and severely restricted from entering the country and excluded from becoming naturalized citizens.
To counter these discriminatory legislations, the Chinese created ingenious ways of bringing in their close kin, clan relatives or even fellow villagers. Using false identities and claiming to be sons of American citizens of Chinese ancestry was one of the most widely adopted immigration strategies. But such processes were long, complex and painful and had enduring negative effects on the lives and psyches of the immigrants involved, as revealed by the stories of the paper sons among the Gin clan in Tucson’s Chinese community.
Dr. Li Yang has been an Arizona Humanities Road Scholar since 2015. A well-regarded writer and lecturer, Dr. Yang is also a prolific translator of books from English to Chinese. She received her Ph.D. in East Asian Studies from the University of Arizona in 2004 and has taught at the University of Arizona, Arizona State University and Pima Community College.

This lecture is free for FSL members and non-members.

Download the lecture flyer.