American Civil Rights & the Exclusion Laws

The 1882 Foundation seeks to broaden public awareness of the history and continuing significance of the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act through three initiatives:

Encouraging Collaboration

We organize an annual 1882 Symposium in Washington D.C. to build connections among educators and public & private agencies.

Uncovering & Preserving Our Stories

We collect oral histories and preserve story sites through monthly Talk Story Events. Talk Story encourages individuals to reveal their stories and share them with others.

Strengthening Public Education

We aim to promote the inclusion of Chinese and Asian American experiences in our core curricula through curriculum content and resources and teacher workshops.


Music of Asian America

Sunday, June 30, 2019 | 2 – 4 PM
I Street Conference Center - Level C
Enter through Parking Elevator next to 615 I (Eye) Street NW Between 6/7th Streets NW
Washington, DC

Join us as we welcome Eric Hung, the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Music of Asian America Research Center (MAARC).  We will discuss the music Asian Americans have created to commemorate Chinese American labor on the railroads, in plantations, in automotive factories, and in restaurants. Eric Introduces music in a variety of genres and approaches that memorializes Chinese American laborers. He explores how these songs existed alongside anti-Asian songs still popular in the American mainstream.

1882 Symposium

Thank you to everyone who participated in 1882 Symposium VII on May 9-11, 2019, hosted in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution.  It was an honor to gather together and commemorate #Transcontinental150 and plan for future collaboration. Check back soon for a report and additional resources.

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1882 Foundation
508 I Street NW (lower level)
Washington, D.C. 20001