The Chinese Exclusion Act

The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 was the first federal law to explicitly suspend immigration for a specific nationality. The basic exclusion law prohibited Chinese laborers—defined as “both skilled and unskilled laborers and Chinese employed in mining”—from entering the country. Subsequent amendments to the law prevented Chinese laborers who had left the United States from returning. 

Please join Saratoga Library's community conversation and presentation of The Chinese Exclusion Act, a recent PBS documentary. Professor Bill Hing, Director of the Immigration and Deportation Defense Clinic at the University of San Francisco, and Ms. Sarita Kohli, President and CEO of Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI), will join the conversation with their own reflections of the movie and the legislation it describes. Professor Hing is an expert in Asian American legal history and is the author of numerous publications on immigration policy and race relations. Ms. Kohli has served in various leadership roles at AACI. She has an MBA from the University of Delhi and a masters in clinical psychology from John F. Kennedy University. 


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