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Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival

Chinese Exclusion Act – Part 1

Directed by Ric Burns, Li-Shin Yu

Free / USA / Documentary / 90 mins / English / Color / Digital

Chinese Exclusion Act (Part 1 & 2)

Institute of Contemporary Art
November 12, 2017 11:30 am

Description

Co-produced by Center for Asian American Media, this film underscores important connections between the Chinese Exclusion Act and the history of US immigration. By examining the socio-economic and geo-political forces that led to the Act, the film uncovers its unmistakable and wide-ranging consequences on national attitudes towards race, culture, politics, and society. At its core this is a film about American identity, tracing the arc of what has defined being American from the time the US was a fledgling republic through its astronomical rise as a world superpower.

This film documents in fascinating detail the events leading to, consequences, and continuing impact of the only federal legislation in US history to single out and name a specific race and nationality for exclusion from immigration and citizenship.

The second half of this documentary will be shown after the Memories to Light Program, which explores a more recent history of Chinese Americans through a collection of home movies.


Precedes

  1. Chinese Exclusion Act – Part 2

    Ric Burns, Li-Shin Yu / Free / USA / Documentary / 90 mins
    Co-produced by Center for Asian American Media, this film underscores important connections between the Chinese Exclusion Act and the history of US immigration. By examining the socio-economic and geo-political forces that led to the Act, the film uncovers its unmistakable and wide-ranging consequences on national attitudes towards race, culture, politics, and society.

    Preceded by: Chinese Exclusion Act – Part 1

    Precedes: Chinese Exclusion Act – Part 1



Preceded By

  1. Chinese Exclusion Act – Part 2

    Ric Burns, Li-Shin Yu / Free / USA / Documentary / 90 mins
    Co-produced by Center for Asian American Media, this film underscores important connections between the Chinese Exclusion Act and the history of US immigration. By examining the socio-economic and geo-political forces that led to the Act, the film uncovers its unmistakable and wide-ranging consequences on national attitudes towards race, culture, politics, and society.

    Preceded by: Chinese Exclusion Act – Part 1

    Precedes: Chinese Exclusion Act – Part 1


Dates & Times

Chinese Exclusion Act (Part 1 & 2)

Institute of Contemporary Art
November 12, 2017 11:30 am

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