The Chinese Exclusion Act

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In The Chinese Exclusion Act, filmmakers Ric Burns and Li-Shin Yu tackle a complicated yet under told, crucial episode in American history — highlighting the only legislation barring an entire group of immigrants based on ethnicity and race.

Watch history unfold through first-person interviews, intimate narratives, haunting photos, historical footage, and an eclectic array of artifacts.  Witness the steadfast resistance against racism and the resilience of a people that shaped the fabric of the United States well into the 21st century.

Film Trailer:
Runtime:  150+ minutes

Co-sponsored by the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM)Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation (AIISF)The Association of Chinese Teachers (TACT), Chinese Historical Society of America (CHSA)Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), and Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA).

This is a Films & Videos program from SFPL. From feature films to youth-made videos, we’ve got something great to watch.

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