American Civil Rights & the Exclusion Laws

The 1882 Foundation seeks to broaden public awareness of the history and continuing significance of the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act through three initiatives:

Encouraging Collaboration

We organize an annual 1882 Symposium in Washington D.C. to build connections among educators and public & private agencies.

Uncovering & Preserving Our Stories

We collect oral histories and preserve story sites through monthly Talk Story Events. Talk Story encourages individuals to reveal their stories and share them with others.

Strengthening Public Education

We aim to promote the inclusion of Chinese and Asian American experiences in our core curricula through curriculum content and resources and teacher workshops.

Next Talk Story: Remember 1882

July 29, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Join us for a discussion of the importance of the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act and its impact on the immigration debate today.

The 50 Objects Initiative

We hope to preserve and interpret the experiences of Chinese Americans through meaningful objects and their stories of American immigration and migration.

Symposium VI

Our recap of the Symposium VI held on May 14, 2018 is in the works and will be available on our website soon!

Chinese American Women in History Conference 2019

We are looking for scholars, media creatives, community activists, and interested individuals to participate in our March 2019 conference in D.C.


1882 Foundation
508 I Street NW (lower level)
Washington, D.C. 20001

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