Boston is a city marked by immigration. The initial wave of immigrants in the early 19th century primarily came from Ireland. There is an equally long history of commercial and cultural connections between East, South, and Southeast Asia and Boston. That history includes academics, traders, merchants, botanists, laborers, immigrants, artists, and many others. Some of Boston’s great landmarks were built with profits from trade with China, including the opium trade, that flourished in the early 19th century. Further ties with Asia continued into the 20th century, but arrivals from Asia all but stopped following the passage of the 1917 Immigration Act, which created the “Asiatic Barred Zone” that essentially ceased immigration from Asia. It was not until the mid-20th century that a substantial new wave of immigrants (particularly from China, India, and Vietnam) began to arrive in Boston following the passage of the 1965 Immigration Act. This panel will feature talks that provide snapshots of some of Boston’s rich—and sometimes idiosyncratic—historical connections with Asia from the late 19th century to the present day.