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.


The 1882 Foundation and Chinese American Museum of Washington, DC thanks everyone who came out to the first inaugural Chinese American Women in History Conference!

The Tenement Museum's Your Story, Our Story

The 50 Objects Initiative:
Next steps

We are excited to partner with the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) on the upcoming exhibition, Gathering: Collecting and Documenting Chinese American History, scheduled to open Fall 2019.

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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