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Importance of the Chinese Exclusion Act: Lessons for Today

Film - Documentary | February 22 | 4:30-6:30 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium #310

Rosemarie Nahm, Board member, Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation; Buck Gee, Board President, Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation; Catherine Choy, Professor, UC Berkeley; Leti Volpp, Professor, Center for Race & Gender

Irene Bloemraad, Professor, Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiatie & UC Berkeley

Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative, Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, Center for Race and Gender

We will show a 35-minute excerpt of the new PBS documentary 'The Chinese Exclusion Act' from award-winning documentary filmmakers Ric Burns and Li-Shin Yu’s story of the passing of the Chinese Exclusion Act, its implications for American civil liberties and the consequences, not just for Chinese American families, but also for American identity. The documentary will be accompanied by an introduction from Irene Bloemraad (Director of the Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative and Professor of Sociology at UC Berkeley) and Jennifer Chu (Center for Asian American Media).

After screening the film, we will hold a panel discussion about the historical context, the personal experiences of 'paper sons' and the lessons for today with Rosemarie Nahm (Board member Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation), Buck Gee (Board President of Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation), Leti Volpp (Director of the Center for Race and Gender and Professor of Law at UC Berkeley), Catherine Ceniza Choy (Professor of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley).