This event is hosted by Livable Sunnyvale as part of Affordable Housing Month 2021.
The book, Trespasser? takes an intimate look at the everyday life and politics inside Silicon Valley against a backdrop of dramatic demographic shifts. It follows one community over several decades as it transforms from a sleepy rural town to a global gateway and one of the nation’s largest Asian American-majority cities. There, it highlights the passionate efforts of Asian Americans to make Silicon Valley their home by investing in local schools, neighborhoods, and shopping centers. It also provides a textured tale of the tensions that emerge over this suburb’s changing environment. With vivid storytelling, Trespassers? demonstrates that suburbia is an increasingly important place for immigrants and minorities to register their claims for equality and inclusion, while also raising questions about the rights of diverse populations to their own suburban American Dream.
About the Speaker:
Professor Willow Lung-Amam is an associate professor in the Urban Studies and Planning Program and director of community development at the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education at the University of Maryland, College Park.