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Immigrants Of The Day: Lisa Kalvelage (RIP) of Germany, Jim Yong Kim of South Korea, Claude Rains of England

by Kevin R. Johnson

Lisa Kalvelage (Germany) RIP

Longtime peace activist Lisa Kalvelage, a German immigrant who marched against three U.S. military invasions and coordinated the San Jose Peace Center through the tumultuous Vietnam War era, died on Sunday at age 85. "The Cupertino mother of five is best remembered in a song by legendary folk singer Pete Seeger that she inspired. "My Name is Lisa Kalvelage" evolved from her 1966 act of civil disobedience, when Kalvelage and three other housewives parked themselves in front of a forklift loading shipments of napalm bombs headed from Alviso to Vietnam. Donning Sunday dresses, gloves and heels, the quartet entered the storage yard by climbing a fence, an act that would lead them to the county jail, where they were strip-searched and deloused. Seeger's song recounts the tearful testimony Mrs. Kalvelage gave in her resulting trial on trespassing charges, a courtroom scene that riveted the globe: "Hopefully, some day my contribution to peace will help just a bit to turn the tide," goes the song, which has also been recorded by Bruce Springsteen and Ani DiFranco. Mrs. Kalvelage was eventually convicted, but received a suspended sentence."

For an interview with Kalvelage, click here.

March 13, 2009 | Permalink

Jim Yong Kim (South Korea)

Kim Dr. Jim Yong Kim is a Professor of Medicine and Socia Medicine and Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at harbard Medical School, Chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Director of the Francois Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, and a former director of the World Health Ordanizatiom HIV/AIDS department. On March 2, 2009, Kim was named the 17th President of Dartmouth College, a position he will formally assume on July 1, 2009. Kim became the first Asian-American to head an Ivy League school.  (Bill Hing blogged yesterday on a racist e-mail about the appointment.). 

Born in Seoul, Korea in 1959, Jim Yong Kim moved with his family to the United States at age 5 and grew up in Muscatine, Iowa. His father, a dentist, also taught at the University of Iowa, where his mother received her Ph.D. in philosophy.  Kim attended Muscatine High School, where he was valedictorian and president of his class and played quarterback for the football team. He graduated magna cum laude from Brown and later earned an M.D. and a Ph.D. in anthropology from Harvard.

In 2003, Kim received a MacArthur Foundation grant.  He was named one of America's 25 Best Leaders by US News & World Report in 2005.  In 2006. Kim was listed as one of the top 100 most influential people by Time.

March 11, 2009 | Permalink

Claude Rains (England)

195px-Claude_Rains_in_Mr_Skeffington_trailer_headcrop Claude Rains (18891967) was an award-winning actor and film star whose career spanned 47 years. He later held U.S. citizenship and was best known for his many roles in Hollywood films. In October 2008, a new biography, Claude Rains: An Actor's Voice by David J. Skal and Rains' daughter Jessica Rains, was published.

Raines' most famous role was as  the suave French police Captain Renault in the great refugee film Casablanca.  One of Renault's famous lines is "round up the usual suspects."

Born in England, Rains immigrated to the United States to puruse a career in Hollywood and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1939. In 1951, Rains won a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play for Darkness at Noon. He was also nominated four times for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), Casablanca (1942), Mr. Skeffington (1944), and Notorious (1946). He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, at 6400 Hollywood Boulevard.

March 26, 2009 | Permalink

These posts were orginally posted on the ImmigrationProf Blog here, here and here.

About The Author

Kevin R. Johnson is currently Dean, Professor of Law and Chicana/o Studies, and the Mabie-Apallas Public Interest Law Chair holder at the University of California at Davis. He is also one of the editors of ImmigrationProf Blog.

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