Immigrant Families Torn Apart, Then And Now By Connie Young Yu Mrs. Lee Yoke Suey, widow of an American-born citizen, returning to San Francisco from China with her family in January 1924, was barred from entry, separated from her children and imprisoned on Angel Island. She had several strikes against her: she was born in China, therefore “an alien ineligible for citizenship” and even though she had re-entry papers, she was a widow and therefore “without status.” The Angel Island Immigration Station Board of Inquiry ordered Mrs. Lee’s deportation after she tested positive for liver fluke, a non-contagious and treatable … [read more →]
Dear Friends, Under the Trump Administration’s zero-tolerance policy, families fleeing violence in Central America and elsewhere have been captured near the border, the children torn from their parents and held in separate tents and cages. A public outcry forced the Administration to back down from its family separation policy, and a federal court ordered it to reunite the families split. But the president’s anti-immigration agenda still includes a rush to open family jails and continues to create terror, chaos and uncertainty for immigrant households and communities in the US. Last month, the Supreme Court upheld the president’s ban on travel … [read more →]
We remember 1882 in 2017 with fervor and resolve. This is another watershed year in American history. 2017 will be remembered by how we respond to the edicts of President Trump—the travel bans, orders for a wall against Mexico, the barring of refugees, and the immigrant raids in our communities. Our cause is to resist all the Administration’s rulings that are unconstitutional, inhumane and wrong. The public’s acceptance of immigration restrictions stem from racism institutionalized by the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. Deep-seated nativism was brought to the surface and legitimized for the 21st century by candidate … [read more →]
Starting this May APA Heritage Month 2017, we will host a series of events and exhibits about the legacy of Exclusion and its lessons for today. Learn the history of Exclusion, build community, and take action at these upcoming events and special exhibits: Ongoing Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion exhibition at CHSA CHSA’s permanent exhibition chronicles the complex history of the Chinese in America, from the early days of the China trade to the history of Chinese immigration and the life of Chinese Americans. The exhibition extensively covers the Chinese Exclusion era, which helped forge America’s system of border controls, created categories … [read more →]
#fightexclusion #repealexclusion #neveragain While the original Chinese Exclusion Act was officially repealed in 1943, exclusionary immigration policies that began during the Chinese Exclusion era remain institutionalized to this day. Share with us @chsamuseum on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr about how you #fightexclusion. Check out our weekly emails for actions you can take to #fightexclusion: 5/25/17 5/17/17 5/11/2017 5/4/2017 4/27/2017 4/20/2017 Have you seen our new ads? Check them out on Muni and at Bart and help us fight the new exclusion! #fightexclusion #repealexclusion #neveragain #chsa A post shared by CHSA Museum (@chsamuseum) on Apr 13, 2017 at 4:54pm PDT
Download CHSA’s free handout “What was the Chinese Exclusion Act?” (pdf) Intense social conflicts divided economic classes, racialized groups, and immigrants from the native born as America industrialized in the 1870s, and economic depressions spawned widespread hardship and insecurity. A search for culprits began. Fear and envy of the Chinese—too industrious, too different—started in the West but spread nationally as political parties used the “Chinese Question” to lure supporters and win power. The Burlingame Treaty of 1868 had allowed for open immigration between the US and China. But in 1882, Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act after revising and weakening … [read more →]
Remembering 1882 explores the historical debate around the Exclusion Act from its origins through its full repeal in 1968, the civil rights struggle of Chinese Americans and allies, and the historic importance of habeas corpus in the Chinese American community.