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.
~ The Chinese Historical Society of America maintains a fabulous online version of this exhibit at http://www.civilrightssuite.org/1882/
~ They also have an informational page on the exhibit production - its background and a partial list of where it has traveled: http://chsa.org/2007/10/remembering-1882/
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:
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):
Hope you enjoy what you see!
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.
Produced by the Chinese Historical Society of America
copyright 2008, Chinese Historical Society of America