Chinese Exclusion Act Film Screening + Faculty Panel
Asian/American Pacific Islander History Month is aiming to celebrate and examine the multiplicities in the Asian/American Pacific Islander historical, cultural, and social experiences. For this event, we will be showing a free screening of the upcoming PBS documentary, "The Chinese Exclusion Act", by filmmakers Ric Burns and Li-Shin Yu. A faculty panel and Q&A session will follow the film, including of Dr. Leo Ching, Dr. Li-Chen Chin, Dr. Jessica Namakkal, and Dr. Nayoung Aimee Kwon.
Free food will also be provided.
Summary of "The Chinese Exclusion Act" movie:
"Nationwide, people are now wondering about the history of U.S. immigration laws and how we got to where we are today. 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 Using historical documents, testimony, and insight of leading scholars, The Chinese Exclusion Act documentary explores the history of Chinese immigration to the U.S. and its significance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."
Sponsored by the Asian American Alliance, the Duke Center for Multicultural Affairs, and the duke a/apihm 2018 Committee.