About the Foundation

The 1882 Foundation, a non-profit, non-partisan organization approved by IRS, seeks to broaden public awareness of the history and continuing significance of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. It does this through projects and activities associated with three overlapping initiatives. They are:

1) Building collaborations nationally focused on organizing an annual 1882 Symposium in Washington D.C.
2) Recording oral histories and preserving sites guided by Talk Story concepts
3) Strengthening public education about the Chinese and Asian American experience by promoting attention to curriculum content and resources, encouraging teacher workshops, and making material more easily accessible for educators and researchers.

The 1882 Foundation explores how communities and individuals uncover stories through Talk Stories, how to reach large audiences with these stories through symposiums, and how to best interpret stories through curriculum development. We want to link people, ideas, material and resources into collaborations that allow us to fulfill our missions better together than alone.