Chinese Whispers @ Shaping San Francisco Public Talks:
An evening of visual history about the legacy of the
Chinese Exclusion Act
April 10, 2013
Please join us in our next “Seeing Stories” community collaboration, to bring overlooked history to light through visual storytelling. This evening of presentations, stories, and discussions will explore the impact of the Chinese Exclusion Act on generations of Chinese American families. Enacted in 1882 and rescinded only in 1943, this legislation prevented people of Chinese descent from entering the United States, and removed their right to become citizens.
Come engage with an interactive presentation of Chinese Whispers story excerpts, and share in community story-contributor Ford Lee’s memories of growing up in a San Francisco Chinatown shaped by the legacy of Exclusion. Get the scoop from the Chinese Historical Society of America on the historical debate around the Exclusion Act from its origins through its full repeal in 1968. Retrace former detainee Lee Show Nam’s experience at Angel Island Immigration Station through images and stories presented by the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, and follow his reminiscences on his return visit seventy four years later, after being deported back to China in 1936. Watch excerpts from veteran filmmaker Felicia Lowe’s latest film, “Chinese Couplets”, which reveal Exclusion’s effect on four generations of women in her family.
Special thanks to Shaping San Francisco for hosting!
Update – Listen In: Audio Archive for event available here