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Thread by @CAAM: "The Chinese Exclusion Act, signed into law in 1882 and lasting for 60 years continues to shape the idea of what it means to be an American t […]" #ChineseExclusionAct #papersons

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The Chinese Exclusion Act, signed into law in 1882 and lasting for 60 years continues to shape the idea of what it means to be an American to this day #ChineseExclusionAct
Chinese workers were described as insects ("locusts") that would spread across the states by The Working Man's Advocate newspaper. #ChineseExclusionAct
Article by @juliannehing that interviews #ChineseExclusionAct filmmakers Li-Shin Yu and Ric Burns. caamedia.org/blog/2017/03/1…
It highlights that though the Chinese Exclusion Act was abolished in 1943, the severe immigration quota system basically lasted until the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965
A race riot broke out in LA Chinatown in 1871, where Chinese people were lynched, including women and a child. Chinatown is burned to the ground. #ChineseExclusionAct
If anyone would like to host a screening of #ChineseExclusionAct, we have DVDs and a discussion guide; just fill out this form at the bottom→caamedia.org/the-chinese-ex…
When the #ChineseExclusionAct was passed, Chinese people (mostly men) were just 2/10s of 1 percent of the population in the U.S. Chinese immigrants were deemed 'unassimilable' and those already here were banned from becoming citizens
Jean Pfaelzer horrific (and mostly unknown) history of burnings and pogroms of Chinese people in the West. #ChineseExclusionAct
Chinese people in the US brought 10,000 cases to courts to challenge the exclusion laws. (They couldn't vote at the time). 20 went to the US Supreme Court #ChineseExclusionAct
One famous case is Yick Wo v. Hopkins, which went to the US Supreme Court. Learn about the man who's case made the Equal Protection Clause in the Fourteenth Amendment apply not just to American citizens, but to all people. #ChineseExclusionAct facebook.com/CAAMedia/video…
Indeed, the 1906 Earthquake and fire in SF played a major role in Chinese immigration, with more #papersons coming to the US. facebook.com/CAAMedia/video… #ChineseExclusionAct
Explore the poems carved on the walls of Angel Island Immigration Station, created by Chinese detainees in this 360 video directed by Felicia Lowe: facebook.com/CAAMedia/video… #ChineseExclusionAct
How much are students learning about the #ChineseExclusionAct? CAAM and a team of teachers, starting with ones in Oakland, CA, are hoping to change how we teach immigration and US history caamedia.org/blog/2017/05/0…
More about the #ChineseExclusionAct curriculum developers and educators here: caamedia.org/blog/2017/03/1…
#ChineseExclusionAct continues to shape what it means to be an American to this day (paraphrasing @prof_erikalee). facebook.com/CAAMedia/video…
Thanks to everyone across the U.S. for tuning in!! @PBS viewers are amazing! ✨✨✨
You can now stream #ChineseExclusionAct on @AmExperiencePBS for the next four weeks, for free: pbs.org/wgbh/americane… Please share this resource!
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