Fifteen years ago, Keith Aoki and Professor Robert Chang published "Centering the Immigrant in the Inter/National Imagination" in an early LatCrit symposium. Fifteen years later Professor Chang uses the occasion of the current Symposium to revisit conversations with Keith about centering the immigrant in political theory, as he addresses the issue of immigration, the rights of immigrants, and what is to be our national self-conception. What follows is a sketch that shows how centering the immigrant exposes the inattention paid to the immigrant and the issue of immigration in social contract theory. It focuses on how the immigrant might be brought into the conversation within John Rawls's notion of the original position and the veil of ignorance. This essay does not seek to determine the content of the conversation nor what principles might be agreed upon by those in the original position.
Robert S. Chang,
Centering the Immigrant in the Inter/national Imagination (Part III): Aoki, Rawls, and Immigration, 90 OR. L. REV. 1319