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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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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Janelle Wong Opens Black History Museum and 1882 Foundation Event

50th Anniversary of the 1965 Immigration & Nationality Act and the Civil Rights Movement by Roberta L. Chew The 1882 Foundation, Alexandria’s Black History Museum and the City of Alexandria came together for a unique collaboration exploring the impact of and synergy between the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and landmark legislation passed in 1965 – notably, the Immigration and Nationality Act.  This law in particular  – over the 50 years since its passage, has transformed the American landscape demographically, bringing more Asians and…

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Lives of Color: 1850-1900 – A Panel Discussion with the National Park Service

“Lives of Color:  1850-1900” - A Panel Discussion with the National Park Service by Roberta L. Chew The second event held on September 29, 2015 of our series commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the 1965 Immigration & Nationality Act and the Civil Rights Movement featured participants from the National Park Service.  The masthead on our 1882 Foundation website and 1882 Symposium Facebook page features two Chinese men who fought in the American Civil War, Joseph Pierce (left) and an elderly Edward Day Cohota (center).  The…

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A Nation of Nations

Books and Ideas: A Nation of Nations: A Great American Immigration Story Check out Jay Roberts’s blog post for his first look at longtime NPR journalist Tom Gjelten’s new book, A Nation of Nations:  A Great American Immigration Story.  Go to:  http://jay.typepad.com/william_jay/2015/09/a-nation-of-nations-.html  Passed 50 years ago, the 1965 Nationality Act allowed people to immigrate to the United States from around the globe who previously had been unwelcomed.  Gjelten details the history of anti-Chinese legislation and restrictions on Chinese immigration in particular. One of the last…

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