Anti-Asian Racism at Berkeley: The Case for Renaming Boalt Hall: Presented by Asian American Law Journal

Lecture | November 14 | 12:50-2 p.m. | 100 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Charles Reichmann, Lecturer, UC Berkeley Law

 Asian American Law Journal

Most people familiar with UC Berkeley School of Law know its traditional name and the name of its primary classroom building, Boalt Hall. Yet few know much about the man who gave the law school its name. A closer look at John Boalt’s legacy, however, calls for a reexamination of the law school’s continued association with the Boalt name, given the contrast between UC Berkeley’s values of tolerance, diversity, and inclusion and Boalt’s views that the Chinese were an unassimilable race that ought to be altogether excluded from the United States.

In this talk, Charles Reichmann will discuss his discovery of John Boalt’s infamous paper, “The Chinese Question,” the steps he believes Berkeley Law should take, and his own personal experiences advocating for the name change. RSVP here for lunch by Wednesday, November 7.