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.

Upcoming Events


150th Anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad

January 27, 2019, 2 – 4 PM

Join us as we launch into the 2019 season of Talk Story Programming with an exciting community discussion on the 150th anniversary of the completion of the first transcontinental railroad, coming up in May 2019. Joining us from New York will be activist and photographer Corky Lee and our Executive Director Ted Gong. 

Symposium VII

The 1882 Foundation will gather with its partner organizations to build on previous Symposium collaboration and focus on public engagement at the National Museum of American History (NMAH) on May 10, 2019, around the 150th Anniversary of the First Transcontinental Railroad. Check back later for more updates!

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The 50 Objects Initiative

We hope to preserve and interpret the experiences of Chinese Americans through meaningful objects and their stories of American immigration and migration.

Chinese American Women in History Conference 2019

We are looking for scholars, media creatives, community activists, and interested individuals to participate in our October 2019 conference in D.C. Deadline for submissions is November 1st, 2018!

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