Immigration, Exclusion, and the American Dream

May 1, 2018

Who is American? Immigration, Exclusion, and the American Dream - "The Chinese Exclusion Act"

Join TPT, the University of Minnesota Immigration History Research Center, and the Center for Asian American Media for an early preview of the upcoming special presentation of American Experience, "The Chinese Exclusion Act," which will be nationally broadcast on May 29. A panel discussion with experts and community leaders on the impact of exclusionary immigration policies today will follow the screening. Hors d'ouvres will be served and a cash bar will be available.

About the film

The Chinese Exclusion Act sheds a light on the important connections between the Chinese Exclusion Act and the history of American civil liberties, immigration, and culture. By examining the socio-economic and geo-political forces that led to the Act, the film uncovers the act's unmistakable and wide-ranging consequences on national attitudes towards race, culture, politics, and society. At its core, "The Chinese Exclusion Act" is a film about American identity, tracing the arc of what has defined being American from the time the United States was a fledgling republic through its astronomical rise as a world superpower. Click here to watch a preview.


Join us for a panel discussion to explore the connections between laws like the Chinese Exclusion Act and the "Muslim Ban," as well as today's debates around immigration, race, and civil liberties in Minnesota and beyond.

Jaylani Hussein, Executive Director, Council of American Islamic Relations, MN
Erika Lee, Director, Immigration History Research Center 
Bo Thao-Urabe, Executive and Network Director, Coalition of Asian American Leaders

Co-sponsored by:

Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association

National Association of Asian American Professionals MN

Asian American Studies Program, University of Minnesota


6:30 pm - Doors Open
6:30 - Pre-screening reception
7 pm - Screening Begins
7:40 pm -8:30 pm- Panel Discussion and Meet and Greet

This event made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities