Chinese Exclusion Act

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Chinese Exclusion Act

(2016)

Documentary

Length: 160 min.

Co-produced by PBS and Center for Asian American Media (CAAM).

 

 

This documentary is directed by award-winning documentary filmmakers Ric Burns and Li-Shin Yu of Steeplechase Films. While not yet available for immediate download, teachers and community groups can go to the website to find out more information and fill out a screening request. 

From the website:

This film sheds a light on the important connections between the Chinese Exclusion Act and the history of American civil liberties, immigration, and culture. By examining the socio-economic and geopolitical forces that led to the Act, the film will uncover its unmistakable and wide-ranging consequences on national attitudes towards race, culture, politics, and society. At its core, this is a film about American identity, tracing the arc of what has defined being American from the time the United States was a fledgling republic through its astronomical rise as a world superpower.