U.S. Senate Apologizes for Chinese Exclusion Act

U.S. Senate Apologizes for Chinese Exclusion Act by Dan Margolis October 11 2011 It's been 129 years since the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 was passed, but the Oct. 6 Senate resolution apologizing for it was welcomed nonetheless. The resolution also apologizes for other anti-Chinese legislation enacted in the subsequent 60 years and puts the Senate on record as affirming for Chinese and other Asian immigrants the same civil rights afforded other nationalities. "The enactment of Chinese Exclusionary laws is a shameful part of our history…

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Comments on Resolutions Condemning Chinese Exclusion Laws

POPVOX User Comments Supporting a Resolution “Expressing regret for laws that adversely affected the Chinese in the US including the Chinese Exclusion Act” PopVox is a web-based medium that tracks pending legislation in Congress. It allows citizens to express their opinion for or against proposed legislation. In the final weekend before the House vote on the House Resolution to condemn the 1882 Act and laws of exclusion, PopVox recorded the following user comments. Except when included in the body of message, indicators of the person’s…

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April 1968: Understated Intersections

April 1968: Understated Intersections of Race and Placeby Easten Law[Easten Law is a former lecturer in Intercultural Relations at American University in Washington DC. He is now D.C. Commissioner for API Affairs in the DC Mayor's office and a doctoral student at Georgetown University.]It was a real privilege moderating the 1882 Foundation screening and discussion of “Through Chinatown Eyes: 1968” at Busboys and Poets in early October. I was truly humbled to hear the stories of my Chinese-American elders. Their witness is vital for all…

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Immigration and Civil Rights: 1965 and Beyond – October 1, 2015 Event

Immigration & Civil Rights:  1965 and Beyond – October 1, 2015 event by Roberta L. Chew The third in our series commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the 1965 Immigration & Nationality Act and the Civil Rights Movement.  Moving from the past to the present, we focused on the civil rights movement of the 1960s, showing clips from three documentary films which depicted aspects of the turbulent social change of the times. Freedom Rider documents the six-month campaign in 1961 when a group of black and…

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Excerpts about Talk Story from Writing Like an Asian

Writing like an Asian:  Thoughts on writing, composition, and issues of identity   by Jee Yoon Lee (from her November 29, 2013 blog) (Q1) How did you become involved with the 1882 Foundation and the Talk Story Events? The 1882 Foundation is a continuation of the 1882 Project. The Project was a collaboration of organizations and individuals who believed it was time for Congress to apologize for the Chinese Exclusion Laws. These laws were first enacted in 1882. They were not repealed until 1943 and then it was for…

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