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.

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.

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!

  • Chinatown Walking Tour strategy session with local expert Harry Chow #chinatown #walkingtour #1882foundationatwork
  • Executive Director Ted Gong arriving for tonight’s screening of the PBS documentary “Chinese Exclusion Act,” followed by discussion led by journalist and author Scott Tong. Join us at the Barbara M. Donnellan Auditorium at 6pm. #arlingtoncentrallibrary #talkstory #freescreening #chineseexclusionact #whoisamerican
  • Good morning, Chinatown! Thanks to @dcmoapia for bringing the Chinatown Mobile Market to the corner of 6th and H at Wah Luck! Every Wednesday am through the summer months. #dcchinatown #market #community #wahluckhouse
  • Just five days until our film screening of an abbreviated version of "The Chinese Exclusion Act," a PBS "American Experience" Original Documentary! This free event is co-hosted with the Arlington Public Library and will take place at the Arlington Central Library on 7/11 at 6pm. Don't miss this timely discussion on topics of historical exclusion and discrimination that parallel the issues still apparent today. See link in bio for a sneak peek! #chineseexclusionact #pbs #dc #dcevents #whoisamerican #freeevent @caamedia

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

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