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Traveling exhibit showcasing the 1882 legislative act barring Chinese from entering the U.S.

Show Dates and Location

Exhibit Dates: October 12, 2008 - February 1, 2009

Exhibit Location: CSUEB University Library, Hayward Campus, Lower-Mall

Exhibit Promotional Statement

Remembering 1882:

Fighting for Civil Rights in the Shadow of the Chinese Exclusion Act

In 1882 Congress passed the nation’s first immigration legislation – a law to prevent people of Chinese descent from entering the United States. This exhibit – produced by the Chinese Historical Society of America – explores the Exclusion Act from its origins, through its full repeal in 1968, the civil rights struggle of Chinese Americans, and the historic importance of habeas corpus in the Chinese American community.


A traveling exhibit, produced by the Chinese Historical Society of America.

Graphic image (right) copyright Chinese Historical Society of America. Used with permission.

Full Exhibit Is Available Online!

If you are interested in the content of Remembering 1882:

~ The Chinese Historical Society of America maintains a fabulous online version of this exhibit at

~ They also have an informational page on the exhibit production - its background and a partial list of where it has traveled:

The Chinese Historical Society of America

Remembering 1882 was produced by the Chinese Historical Society of America, and came to CSUEB in 2008-2009 as a traveling exhibit.

You may wish to visit or contact the CHSA regarding some of the other excellent exhibits they have created:
Chinese Historical Society of America Museum

965 Clay Street
San Francisco, CA 94108

Selected Graphics from this Exhibit

Background on 6 Coordinated Exhibits

Six-in-One Exhibit Takes Over the Library!

As you can discern from elsewhere on this page, in 2008 the CSUEB Libraries invited 2 traveling exhibits and 4 CSUEB departmental players to participate in this unique festival centering on the Chinese Experience in California.

What is not so clear is that - at one point when all the exhibits were finally up - they seemed to overtake the library itself:

  • The Lower Mall was dedicated to the Immigration and Bay Area Asians panels, the traveling Remembering 1882 display, and the Asian Student Art Exhibit;
  • The Upper Mall was literally almost filled with the Anthropology-produced Ghosts of the Dam 10' panels and accompanying display cases;
  • Additionally on the Upper Mall, the Art Gallery's Stones & Bones display took over the Librarian's Alcove, and the Gateway to Gold Mountain free-standing panels took a footprint of 15' by 50' on the UM South Wall facing the Courtyard!

To make sense of it at this remote date, we recommend you visit the various component exhibits listed below or under the Past Exhibits tab at the top of this page.

You can link to new LibGuides for individual exhibits in this festival (as the Guides become available, links will be activated):

Traveling Exhibits:

CSUEB-Produced Exhibits:

Hope you enjoy what you see!

- DA

Exhibit Producer & Guide

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Dick Apple
I am available for meetings in the Library by appointment.

Please contact Library Administration by phone (below), or email me (preferred).
(510) 885-3664
Website / Blog Page

Exhibit Backstory

The Remembering 1882 exhibit was one of six displays that the Library coordinated, starting in Fall Quarter 2008. Each exhibit illuminated some aspect of the Chinese American experience in California, inspired by this visiting show. Remembering 1882: Fighting for Civil Rights in the Shadow of the Chinese Exclusion Act dealt with the Chinese Exclusion Act of that year, and had a profound historical influence on all aspects of life for the Chinese living in California for the next 100 years and beyond.

Thus, the Remembering 1882 component of the larger festival of exhibits in the CSUEB Library was that inspiration off which the other five exhibits developed related aspects of the Chinese experience in California.

- DA



Produced by the Chinese Historical Society of America

copyright 2008, Chinese Historical Society of America