Asian America in Milwaukee in 1880s
Asian America in Milwaukee in the 1880s: The Flashpoint of Milwaukee’s anti-Chinese riot in 1889. Few people know about this event today, but Milwaukee was the only location east of the Mississippi River where a large anti-Chinese event happened. Usually associated with “The West,” this example of anti-Asian violence in the Midwest saw four days of vandalism, anti-Chinese sloganeering and rioting. This talk will explore what happened and locate it within the larger contexts of Wisconsin history as well as Asian American History.