The Chinese Exclusion Act




Natural Sciences Building, Room 1001

A PBS documentary film
directed by Ric Burns & Li-Shin Yu

The Chinese Exclusion Act 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.


Sponsored by: History Board of Studies, Cinema Studies Board of Studies, Asian Studies Program, Multicultural Center, History Club


Free and Open to the public
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