On October 7th, WCVE (Richmond area PBS and NPR) partnered with the 1882 Foundation in hosting a screening of PBS’ American Experience: The Chinese Exclusion Act. The screening came as one of two responses from WCVE to make up for their previous airing of the documentary at three in the morning in the Richmond area. It was great to see WCVE not only air the documentary at a better time, but also engaging the community on such an important topic.
The screening was followed by a discussion with Adrienne Berard, author of Water Tossing Boulders, How a Family of Chinese Immigrants Led the First Fight to Desegregate Schools in the Jim Crown South; Jean Pfaezler, Professor of English, Women and Gender Studies, Asian Studies at the University of Delaware and author of the book Driven Out: The Forgotten War Against Chinese Americans; and our very own Executive Director Ted Gong. Adrienne was the speaker for our August 2017 Talk Story where she presented her previously mentioned book. The screening was an excellent opportunity to hear from very qualified individuals discussing the impacts of the Chinese Exclusion Act being more than just an immigration issue.