Announcing CAAM’s “Who is American?” The Chinese Exclusion Act Educational Outreach Campaign

The Lim Family, American born and educated, The Chinese Exclusion Act law made it difficult for the young generation to find employment,  forcing many families to seek opportunities back in China.  From L to R: sons Frank, Bill, Henry, Jimmy, George.  Seated: Alice Wong, Lim Ben, daughter Nancy. Courtesy the Lim Tong Family archives.
The Lim Family, American born and educated, The Chinese Exclusion Act law made it difficult for the young generation to find employment, forcing many families to seek opportunities back in China. From L to R: sons Frank, Bill, Henry, Jimmy, George. Seated: Alice Wong, Lim Ben, daughter Nancy. Courtesy the Lim Tong Family archives.

We are excited to announce that CAAM is launching a crowdfunding campaign to support one of our newest national initiatives. The campaign, “Who is American?” Educational Outreach for the PBS Documentary THE CHINESE EXCLUSION ACT will run from Monday, August 15 – Thursday, September 15, 2016. Our goal is to raise $50,000 to distribute free educational resources and host community screenings to reach thousands of students, teachers, and community members in support of the THE CHINESE EXCLUSION ACT, a new PBS documentary by acclaimed filmmakers Ric Burns and Li-Shin Yu of Steeplechase Films. CAAM is co-producing this landmark project.

Help us get this project started by donating $25 (or more) by Friday, August 19th and receive a free regularly-priced ticket to CAAMFest 2017.

Together, we can spark a national conversation discussion about The Chinese Exclusion Act and what it means for Americans today. You’ll also receive a variety of perks like tickets to the world premiere of THE CHINESE EXCLUSION ACT, shout out on CAAM’s website and more!

Help us share this story with as many as people as possible. You can take action now in three easy ways: 

  1. Make a tax-deductible donation of $25 or more online here by Thursday, September 15, 2016. Feel pride in supporting a worthy cause and receive a variety of perks like tickets to the world premiere of THE CHINESE EXCLUSION ACT, shout out on CAAM’s website and more.
  2. Share this campaign with your networks on social media using the hashtags #WhoisAmerican and #StoriestoLight.
  3. Feel free to use or adapt these sample social media posts:TWITTER:
    @CAAM is raising funds for free educational resources on the Chinese Exclusion Act! Donate today! http://bit.ly/2aKcANt #WhoisAmericanDonate to @CAAM‘s campaign & make the Chinese Exclusion Act part of the educational curriculum! http://bit.ly/2aKcANt #WhoisAmericanWant to see the Chinese Exclusion Act part of educational curricula? Donate to @CAAM today! http://bit.ly/2aKcANt #WhoisAmericanFACEBOOK:
    @CAAM is kicking off a campaign to raise funds for free educational resources on the Chinese Exclusion Act! Donate today! http://bit.ly/2aKcANt #WhoisAmerican #StoriestoLightHow did you learn about the Chinese Exclusion Act? Donate to @CAAM‘s campaign & make the Chinese Exclusion Act part of the educational curriculum! http://bit.ly/2aKcANt #WhoisAmerican #StoriestoLight 

If you have any questions about this campaign and the film, we’d be happy to chat with you in-person, over the phone, or via email. Connect with us by contacting Jennifer Chu, Membership Manager at (415) 863-0814 x 102, jchu@caamedia.org.

ABOUT THE FILM
THE CHINESE EXCLUSION ACT
film documents the causes of, consequences and continuing impact of the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act, a landmark, little-known piece of federal legislation that reshaped American law, foreign policy, and civic life. The Chinese Exclusion Act is the only time in United States history where immigration rules outlawed a group of people based on ethnicity and nationality—essentially banning most immigrants from Asia—from 1882 Act until 1943. Learn more about the some of the production team members here