THE CHINESE EXCLUSION ACT
Revealing the connections between anti-Chinese sentiments and the Gold Rush, the building of the transcontinental railroad, and the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, this program examines the economic, social, legal, racial, and political dimensions of the Chinese Exclusion Act, the forces and events that gave rise to it, and its lasting effects. After viewing, encourage students to reflect on such issues as national identity, human justice, and what it means to be an American.
Steeplechase Films/The Center for Asian American Media
8 and up
Color and black-and-white