It is important to actively try and decentralized America in immigration studies because the migration of immigrations happened all over and not just the United States. The story of immigration to the United States is also focus on the European migration and the ‘making’ of America. This has led to the European immigrations to become the norm story and experience for immigrants, though this is untrue and the immigration experience is different for each group that arrives, and leave, the United States. This line of thinking and study leaves out Asian, Latinos and non-European, and those who returned to their homes after staying in America for a certain amount of time. It is also important to talk about the difference in migration and immigration. To decentralize the American story, immigration history can then be looked at the migration patterns of those traveling instead or by region even. It is important to show American history more as a product, than leading producer in immigration history. Regional migration history allows the historian to look at those who would usually be excluded from the narrative also. Even more important is those who came then left the United States also. Whether it be by deportation, nativism, exclusion, interment, or forced internal migration is a way to rethink the immigrant experience because all who came to America were not treated the same. Lastly diplomatic and international policy is hugely important because that will determine who is even able to migrate to the United States and is a way of showing migration patterns around the world to see where they went instead or how those in the United States migrated because of policies.

The field of immigration studies reflects the problems of how to try and involve more people in the American and migration narrative. On one side, the question is whether or not to add the ‘new’ migrants into the same story as earlier ones and to study them the same way. The other side says to look at these newest arrivals as their own section of migrant history and should be studied in a new way to best represent the times and in the correct context, like race. One way to settle these issues is in including race into the discussion and how race played a part in immigration history and continues to play one. The overall ‘whiteness’ of the early migrants had become the norm and base for immigrants experience and stories. The ‘new’ migrants include Asian, Latino, and non-European migrants who have different experiences to the white or white passing early migrants. Asian migration shows many different stories and experiences. From the early migration were because of Spain and global trade routes to Mexico from Pacific Asia as early as 1565. This led to a forced or coerced migration of Chinese and South Asian migrations to South America. A big problem though for Asian migration is how all of Asia gets lumped together as one place and shared experiences, when there is not and how East Asians are tread differently than South or central Asians. International policy against Asian migrants, most Chinese and later Japanese, play a huge role in the Asian migration to America. These acts were based on race and a way to control the influx and persons moving to America. Another way race played into again migration is how Asian migrants could be ‘white passing’ or were accepted at certain intervals because of culture and a fabled ‘model minority’ that was placed on them. The experiences of Asian migrations shows examples of diplomatic, inter regain migration, leaving, interment, and a strange level of acceptance socially and in migration studies.

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