Wednesday, June 26, 2019 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Chinese Americans, the Chinese Exclusion Act, and the Ongoing Question of Who Gets to be an American
The Chinese laborers who helped build the Transcontinental Railroad were one cohort within a multi-generational, deeply rooted, evolving Chinese American community in the 19th century. They also faced brutal violence, prejudicial fears, and the nation's first immigration laws, ones created expressly and solely to exclude and destroy this American community. Remembering these histories thus helps us consider the most inclusive and most exclusionary visions of American identity, competing definitions that remain highly contested into our own moment.