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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Chinese American Experiences in History and Short Films: A Traveling Seminar

Join 1882 Foundation for the first installment of our traveling seminars. Seminars feature short documentary film screenings, expert speakers, discussions of key historical themes, and lesson plans for educators. The first session is geared towards teachers and the second session towards the general public (though all are welcome to attend either). The seminars will shed light on the Chinese American experience, what it means to be American, and why that story and that of all Asian Americans must be told. FIRST SESSION: Recruited, Excluded, and (sort…

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Chinese American Film Seminar, 5/13 – 5/14/17

The 1882 Foundation’s Chinese American Short Film Seminar (May 13th-May 14th) explored filmmaking as both identity building and as potent storytelling. Films presented at the Alexandria Black History Museum grappled with the role of lineage and faith, and added to the defining "Chinese American." These included a full length screening of "Finding Samuel Lowe,” in which three African Jamaican-American siblings from Harlem searched for information regarding their grandfather, Samuel Lowe. Their search took them from New York and Toronto to Jamaica and China. Film writer…

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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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