Documentary: The Chinese Exclusion Act

Default thumb Thu, Jan 18 04:45 PM until 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Documentary screening and discussion with Professor Jennifer M. Miller, Ph.D.
Location: Occom Commons, Goldstein Hall
Thu Jan 18, 2018

Documentary screening and discussion to follow with Professor Jennifer M. Miller, Ph.D. Event sponsored by Asian and Pacific Islander Caucus (APIC). 

Free dinner! Dinner will be served at 4:45 PM. The film will begin at 5 PM and lasts 2 hours, 10 minutes. 

The Chinese Exclusion Act, by award-winning documentary filmmakers Ric Burns and Li-Shin Yu of Steeplechase Films, sheds a light on the important connections between the Chinese Exclusion Act and the history of American civil liberties, immigration, and culture. By examining the socio-economic and geo-political forces that led to the Act, the film will uncover its unmistakable and wide-ranging consequences on national attitudes towards race, culture, politics, and society. At its core, this is a film about American identity, tracing the arc of what has defined being American from the time the United States was a fledgling republic through its astronomical rise as a world superpower. This film documents in fascinating detail the events leading to, causes of, consequences, and continuing impact of the only federal legislation in United States history ever to single out and name a specific race and nationality for exclusion from immigration and citizenship.

The film includes powerful and illuminating on-camera testimony from historians Erika Lee (University of Minnesota), Mary Ting Yi Lui (Yale University), Mae Ngai (Columbia University), Jean Pfaelzer (University of Delaware), Kevin Starr (USC-Dornsife), Jack (John Kuo Wei) Tchen (Founding Director, A/P/A Institute at NYU), Ling-Chi Wang (UC Berkeley), K. Scott Wong (Williams College), Renqiu Yu (SUNY-Purchase), along with Phillip Choy (architect, historian and archivist), Michael C. Lin (Chairman, 1882 Project), David Lei (cultural advocate), and Martin Gold (attorney and author).