American Civil Rights & the Chinese Exclusion Laws

Uncovering, Understanding and Sharing Our American Story


Finding My Identity as a Vietnamese-born Chinese American
Sunday, October 1, 2023 at 2:00PM EST

📍I Street Conference Center, enter through Venable LLC building at 600 Massachusetts Avenue, Washington DC 20001.

Please enter on Massachusetts Ave side.

Following the theme of this year’s Chinese American Women in History Conference (CAWH), 1882 Foundation senior team member, Dr. Amy Trang will share her story of “locating kinship across space and time” as a Vietnamese-born Chinese American.

Dr. Trang will recount how, shortly after she was born, her family fled Vietnam as “boat people” to a refugee camp in Malaysia. Eventually, her family settled in the Washington, DC area where Amy began learning and understanding the various parts of her cultural identity, tracing her family lineage back to Guangdong and Fujian. Come engage in a discussion about how first-generation Chinese Americans can trace kinship across multiple generations and languages, as well as overseas.

Join us in-person or online. Registration for Zoom can be found below.

Ongoing Projects and Programming

Chinese American Women in History Conference

Kennedy Center
Culture Caucus

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Congressional Cemetery


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

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Encouraging Collaboration

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

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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.

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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.



Learn about the 1882 Foundation's mission and meet the team!

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Find out what our monthly Talk Story events are all about.



Find our lesson plans on topics like the 14th Amendment and the Transcontinental Railroad.



Read about the Chinese American Women in History Conference, held last October!



Join us for weekly Book Chats!

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Walk the footsteps of Chinese railroad workers on the Return to Gold Mountain Tour.

Messages from the Exec's Desk​

1882’s Happy Holidays and New Year 2023

January 1, 2023

Dear Friends: I can’t believe that the year 2022 will soon be over and we start anew. It will be a challenging year, but the heart of our work remains our Talk Story programs. Whether at the Summit Tunnel in California, or at educational workshops in DC and Richmond, or among federal and private financial supporters of heritage and history, we will be guided by Talk Story principles –uncovering our stories, preserving them, and telling them in our own voices across generations…

Lunar New Year Killings Bring Focus to Guns and Mental Health Again

January 27, 2023

There is so much that we do not know about the back-to-back mass killings at Monterey Park and Half Moon Bay, but two elements stand out – guns and mental health. Many people will bring attention (as they already have) to the role of guns. Warnings and calls for action deserve consideration once again, and again with another mass, senseless killing, continuously once more…

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