New York University
Deirdre Harkins is a second year Master’s student in the World History Program in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at NYU. She received a BA in Anthropology and Linguistics this past fall in the College of Arts and Sciences also at NYU. Her research focuses on that of race and migration. As a student, Deirdre interests revolve around exploring different cultural histories and has taken courses concerning Asia, Ireland, and Latin America. Specifically, Deirdre researches the concept and creation of an Argentine identity.
「 Keeping an Invisible Race, Invisible: Asians in a White Argentina 」
Since the writing of Argentina’s constitution in 1853, it has been clear that the Argentine government has had the agenda of promoting “whiteness” and making those of African, indigenous, and Asian descent, less visible in society. However, how successful has that really been? This paper is called “Keeping an Invisible Race, Invisible: Asians in a White Argentina,” because just as with that of the Afro- Argentine and indigenous populations, the Asian–Argentines were (and still are) seen as non-existent. Not many historians have focused on the idea of Asian immigration to Argentina. The paper focuses on how despite recent attempts to include the formerly excluded members of Argentine society, this did not pertain to the Asian population as they were deemed too foreign to ever truly be considered Argentine.