The Chinese Exclusion Act was the first racial and country based ban on immigrants to the US which lasted 61 years from 1882 to 1943. Why does it matter now, what are the long term consequences and how doe it relate to what is happening to immigrants today?
Please join A3 and AAJA-NY for an excerpt from the PBS documentary The Chinese Exclusion Act and panel discussion.with filmmakers Ric Burns and Li Shen Yu, followed by a reception on the Dek.
PBS documentary film THE CHINESE EXCLUSION ACT, by award-winning documentary filmmakers Ric Burns and Li-Shin Yu of Steeplechase Films, will have its broadcast premiere on the acclaimed PBS series American Experience. This film documents in fascinating detail the events leading to, causes of, consequences, and continuing impact of the only federal legislation in United States history ever to single out and name a specific race and nationality for exclusion from immigration and citizenship.
About the film: http://caamedia.org/the-chinese-exclusion-act/
RIC BURNS (Director)
Six-time Emmy Award-winning director Ric Burns has been creating historical documentaries for public television for over 20 years. He began his career co-writing and producing the celebrated PBS series The Civil War (1990) with his brother Ken and Geoffrey C. Ward, and has since directed over 30 hours of award-winning films
LI-SHIN YU (Director)
Li-Shin Yu, a New York-based Emmy Award winning film editor, has collaborated with Director Ric Burns for the past twenty-three years and is co-directing The Chinese Exclusion Act. Yu and Burns are best known for their epic series NEW YORK: a documentary film, an eight-part production chronicling the city’s rise from a remote Dutch outpost to the cultural and economic center of the world, for which Yu received a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Editing.
LAILA ALAWA, CEO of The Tempest
Laila Alawa is the Founder and CEO of The Tempest, the fastest-growing media company changing the global narrative of diverse millennial women. The Tempest connects millions daily with thousands of female thought leaders on every issue under the sun, disrupting the global media status quo. Laila presented a TEDx Talk, The Secret Behind World Domination, and is amongst the 40 Women to Watch list. Since founding The Tempest, Laila has been quoted in nationwide outlets like The New York Times and CNN Money as a disruptive force in media. https://thetempest.co/
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