Film screening of The Chinese Exclusion Act

Thursday, March 1, 2018
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (ET)
VCAM VCAM 001 Screening Room
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Distinguished Visitors Program

Join us on Thursday afternoon for a screening of a 38-minute version of the upcoming PBS documentary, The Chinese Exclusion Act, which will broadcast on May 29. The filmmakers, Ric Burns and Li-Shin Yu, will be joining us to discuss the film, and the many questions it provokes concerning historical and contemporary experiences of immigrants, and immigration policy. 

This film tells a story about a little-known 1882 law that helped form ideas relevant to today's conversations about American identity, democracy, and civil rights. For 61 years, Chinese people were barred from immigrating to the U.S. and denied citizenship. During that time, the law was expanded to bar all Asians. Using historical documents, testimony, and insight of leading scholars, The Chinese Exclusion Act ​documentary explores the history of Chinese immigration to the U.S. and its significance to current issues of globalization, immigration, labor, and civil rights.

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