In Seattle from the Margins: Exclusion, Erasure, and the Making of a Pacific Coast City (University of Washington Press), University of California, Riverside professor Megan Asaka has written a history of Seattle unlike any other we’ve encountered. Tracking from the beginning of Seattle’s urban beginnings in the mid-19th century on up to the beginning of World War II, this book looks at who really built and made Seattle, where they came from, what was done to them or about them by the power structures in place.
“Seattle has always been a working city, and Megan Asaka's compelling account of labor, race, and migration in and around the Northwest's largest city gives us new ways of seeing and understanding this fact. Caught up in imperial networks, systems of segregation, and the logics of racial capitalism, the workers of Seattle both transformed and were transformed by their encounters with the city and surrounding spaces. A must-read for anyone interested in the region's history or in the intersections between labor and race more generally.”- Coll Thrush.
“A rare comparative and relational history of race and migration in the Puget Sound area. Its rigorous examination of Native, Chinese, and Japanese experiences and their relationship to a larger history of racial contestation and displacement is truly significant.” - Shelley Lee.
Co-presented by the University of Washington Press and Elliott Bay Book Company.