April 5, 2013: Chinese Exclusion Act Discussion and Presentation

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Friday, April 5, 3-4:30 pm
Fresno State's Henry Madden Library, Room 2206

Ted Gong, founder and co-chair of the 1882 Project, will talk about how a national effort was organized to persuade Congress to apologize for the Chinese Exclusion Laws and to broaden national public awareness of the laws and their continuing significance.

The first of the Chinese Exclusion Laws was enacted in 1882. These laws restricted Chinese people from immigrating to the United States and from becoming American citizens. For over six decades, Congress passed additional laws to renew the Chinese Exclusion Act and to make anti-Chinese provisions harsher, including for the first time, a requirement for domestic registration of a people based on their race.

The laws were rescinded in 1943 during WWII as a war time measure, but their legacy lingers.

Refreshments will be provided.

Sponsored by Asian Faculty and Staff Association (AFSA) at Fresno State. Please contact Grace Liu at gliu@csufresno.edu or 278-0857 with questions.