Your Call: What we can learn from the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882?

Mar 15, 2017

The new documentary, The Chinese Exclusion Act, examines the 1882 law that was established after decades of anti-immigrant rhetoric and violence against Chinese immigrants.

The film’s directors will join us to discuss how the law affected attitudes towards race, culture, politics, and society. What can we learn from the only federal legislation in United States history to ever single out and name a specific race and nationality for exclusion from immigration and citizenship?

Guests:

Ric Burns, internationally recognized documentary filmmaker and writer, and co-director of The Chinese Exclusion Act 

Li-Shin Yu, award winning New York-based film editor, and co-director of The Chinese Exclusion Act

Web Resources:

Steeplechase Films

The Chinese Exclusion Act: CAAMFest2017

The Center for Asian American Media: “THE CHINESE EXCLUSION ACT” — A NEW FILM ABOUT A 19TH-CENTURY LAW WITH 21ST-CENTURY LESSONS

SFSOUND: “The Chinese Exclusion Act”: An Examination of Historical Racism