Virginia General Assembly Passes Resolution to Commemorate 150th Anniversary of Transcontinental Railroad

The Virginia General Assembly has designated May 10, 2019 to honor the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad and particularly the efforts of Chinese workers who made up about 80% of the workforce building the tracks eastward. The Transcontinental Railroad was initiated by President Abraham Lincoln signing the Pacific Railway Act in 1862 to fulfill a long held vision to bind the nation together from the Atlantic to the Pacific. The undertaking was America’s first major national infrastructure project. The plan called…

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1882 Foundation Completes “Traveling Film Seminar” With Grant from Virginia Humanities

Beginning with a Teachers Workshop for educators in Arlington, Virginia in August 2017 and finishing with a screening of PBS’s American Experience: “The Chinese Exclusion Act,” at the WCVE studios in Richmond in October 2018, the 1882 Foundation introduced a variety of audiences to a number of short films illuminating a cross-section of the Chinese American experience. The grant from Virginia Humanities provided for the showing of the films along with presentations and discussions led by filmmakers, scholars, authors, and others to help teachers and…

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Winter 2018 Update

In November, Ting-Yi Oei presented at the Virginia Council for the Social Studies Conference in Richmond in November for the 4th consecutive year. The theme of the Conference was “Uncovering the Past to Empower the Future.” The workshop the 1882 Foundation presented fit perfectly into that theme illustrating how landmark Supreme Court cases involving Asian Americans (notably Wong Kim Ark v. the U.S., Gong Lum v. Rice, and Bhagat Singh Thind v. the U.S.) have shaped our understanding about citizenship, equal opportunity, and equal treatment…

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Arlington County Teachers Workshop

The Traveling Film Seminar began its road show in Arlington, Va. this past Tuesday, August 29, 2017. Forty teachers turned out for the workshop and proved to be a very engaged and appreciative audience. Made possible through a grant from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, the workshop, titled "Recruited, Excluded, and Sort of Included." featured two films, Through Chinatown's Eyes: April 1968 and Finding Cleveland. Presenters included filmmaker Larissa Lam (Finding Cleveland), Harry Chow (DC resident in 1968 and featured in Through Chinatown's Eyes...), Ting-Yi Oei, Education…

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1882 Foundation Presents “Through Chinatown’s Eyes, April 1968” at NCSS

The latest presentation of "Through Chinatown's Eyes, April 1968" occurred at the National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference held in Washington, DC on Dec. 2, 2016. Ting-Yi Oei showed the film to 30 teachers and other educators and provided them with a copy of the film and a lesson plan. The lesson plan covers not just the events documented in the film but provides valuable context for the history of the times. Civil rights are at the heart of the events surrounding Martin Luther King's assassination,…

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CACA Meeting on Education, July 11, 2016

Meeting in Los Angeles over the course of two days, members of the Chinese American Citizens Alliance (CACA)  Education Committee drafted plans to produce a curriculum in 2017 around five key themes in Chinese American history. Immigration Building of the American Nation (Contributions) Western expansion Imperialism 14th Amendment (Wong Kim Ark) Civil rights - Exclusion laws Women’s rights Asian American movement of the 60’s Culture and Identity Recognizing that a lot of material exists already, the committee is setting its task to gather the best and…

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