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Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882

Burns, Ric and Li-Shin Yu. The Chinese Exclusion Act.  Documentary.  New York: Steeplechase Films, 2017.

Chen, Amy. The Chinatown Files. Documentary. New York: Third World Newsreel, 2001.

Chinese Historical Society of America. Chinese American Exclusion/Inclusion (ongoing exhibit)
The exhibition extensively covers the Chinese Exclusion era, which helped forge America’s system of border controls, created categories of illegal immigration and “aliens ineligible for citizenship,” and established the principle of race-based immigration that Congress amplified through subsequent laws.

Chinese Historical Society of America. Remembering 1882: Fighting for Civil Rights in the Shadow of the Chinese Exclusion Act.
Remembering 1882 explores the historical debate around the Exclusion Act from its origins through its full repeal in 1968, the civil rights struggle of Chinese Americans and allies, and the historic importance of habeas corpus in the Chinese American community.

Choy, Philip, Lorraine Dong, and Marlon Hom. The Coming Man: 19th Century Perceptions of the Chinese. Hong Kong: Joint Publishing Company, 1994.

Dong, Arthur. Sewing Woman. Documentary. San Francisco: Center for Asian American Media, 1982.

Gold, Martin. Forbidden Citizens: Chinese Exclusion and the U.S. Congress: A Legislative History. Alexandria, VA: The Capitol Net, 2012.

Graham Street Productions. Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark & Vanessa Lopez. Portland: Graham Street Productions, 2016.

Gyory, Andrew. Closing the Gate: Race, Politics and the Chinese Exclusion Act. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1998.

Lee, Erika. At America’s Gates: Chinese Immigration during the Exclusion Era, 1882-1943. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003.

Lew, Jennie and Yvonne Lee. Separate Lives, Broken Dreams. Documentary. San Francisco: Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), 1994. Also available at https://vimeo.com/212704092 (password: Exclusion)

Lowe, Felicia. Chinese Couplets. Documentary. San Francisco: Lowedown Productions, 2015.

Moyers, Bill. Becoming Americans: The Chinese Experience. DVD. PBS, 2003.

Soennichsen, John. Chinese Exclusion Act. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2011.

Nationality,” Constitutional, A podcast about the story of America, Aug. 14, 2017.

Angel Island

Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation. Angel Island Immigrant Journeys: A Curriculum Guide.

Barde, Robert. Immigration at the Golden Gate: Passenger Ships, Exclusion, and Angel Island. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2008.

Lai, Him Mark, Genny Lim, and Judy Yung. Island: Poetry and History of Chinese Immigrants on Angel Island, 1910-1940. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2014.

Lee, Erika and Judy Yung. Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.

Lowe, Felicia. Carved in Silence. Documentary. San Francisco: Lowedown Productions, 1987.

Yip, Garman. “Poetic Waves: Angel Island.” 2006.

Yung, Judy and Erika Lee. “Angel Island Immigration Station.” American History, Oxford Research Encyclopedias.

Muslim Ban and Chinese Exclusion

Chen, Stacy. “A Cloak for Discrimination: Trump Order Reminds Asian Americans of Laws Against Them,” ABC News, Feb. 18, 2017.

Dunlap, David. “135 Years Ago, Another Travel Ban Was in the News,” New York Times, March 17, 2017.

Hayoun, Massoud, “A Chinese American Lesson for Trump,” Aljazeera, Jan. 30, 2017.

Hussain, Murtaza. “Fearmongering Around Muslim Immigrants Echoes Anti-Asian Hysteria of Past,Intercept, Jan. 14, 2016.

Ngai, Mae. “Why Trump is Making Muslims the New Chinese,” CNN, Jan. 30, 2017.

Wang, Yanan, “Muslims Are to Trump as the Chinese Were to President Arthur in 1882,” Washington Post, Dec. 8, 2015.

Wong, William, “Trump’s Immigration Policy Would Have Kept Out My Father,New America Media, Aug. 15, 2017.

Border Patrols: Policing Immigration in America,” Backstory Podcast, March 9, 2017.

Immigration Syllabus,” Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota, Jan. 26, 2017.

U.S. History of Immigration and Deportation,” Civios Podcast, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, March 10, 2017.

We’ve Been Here Before: Historians Annotate and Analyze Immigration Ban’s Place in History,” Public Radio International, Feb. 1, 2017.

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