PROGRAM CALENDAR 2019-2020
Subject to Change
Full Screening of PBS' "The Chinese Exclusion Act" plus Panel and Table Discussions of How Exclusion Impacted Chinese Immigrants and Chinese American Families
Learn about the history of the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act and how it impacted Chinese immigrants and Chinese American families.
The Chinese Exclusion Act signed into law by President Chester A. Arthur on May 6, 1882, was followed by a series of laws that extended the exclusion of Chinese until December 17, 1943, when the Magnuson Act was enacted. The laws made it illegal for Chinese laborers to immigrate to the United States and for Chinese nationals already in the U.S. to become citizens. The Chinese were the only specific ethnic group excluded in the history of the United States. Potential Chinese immigrants were interrogated and many were detained at Angel Island after 1910. Case files of interrogation transcripts and other records, kept at the National Archive and Records Administration (NARA) regional offices, are some of the most valuable research resources for Chinese American family historians today.
How did the Chinese Exclusion Act and feelings toward the Chinese impact your family members?
Were any deported? Were any paper sons or daughters and how did this affect their lives? Were any detained on Angel Island? Were they able to travel to and from China? Could they become naturalized U.S. citizens? Did they carry Certificates of Residence (or Identity)? Were they able to own property or live anywhere of their own choosing? How did anti-Chinese prejudice and propaganda affect them?
Panelists Patti Dung, Steve Kwok and Shirley Chu-Ng and small table groups will discuss the impact of exclusion on families.
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Saturday, October 26, 2019
Chinese American Citizens Alliance (C.A.C.A.)
415 Bamboo Lane
Los Angeles, CA 90012 (close to Phoenix Bakery) (213) 628 8015 www.cacala.org
Available at Bamboo Plaza or Mandarin Plaza (both usually $5) or metered street parking.
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February 22, 2020 - 10:00am - Noon - C.A.C.A. Lodge
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March 28, 2020 - 10:00am - Noon
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April 25, 2020 - 10:00am - Noon
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May 30, 2020 - 10:00am - Noon
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June 27, 2020 - 10:00am - Noon