On May 6th, 1882 - on the eve of the greatest wave of immigration in American history - President Chester A. Arthur signed into law a unique piece of federal legislation. Called the Chinese Exclusion Act, it singled out by name and race a single nationality for special treatment: making it illegal for Chinese laborers to enter America on pain of imprisonment and for Chinese nationals ever to become citizens of the United States.
What does a little-known 1882 law have to do with American identity, democracy, and civil rights today? Through powerful and illuminating visuals, historical documents, testimonies and insights of leading scholars and experts, The Chinese Exclusion Act documentary explores the history of Chinese immigration to the United States and its significance to issues of globalization, immigration, and civil rights today.
May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Join us for a family-friendly night of film, food, and dialogue about this important piece of Chinese American history!
Presented in partnership with OCA Greater Houston, Chinese American Citizens Alliance - Houston, and APAPA HQ - Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs (Texas Chapter)