Documentary | 2001 | 60 mins | English | DVD
Director, Producer: Loni Ding
Grade Levels: High school & up
The second part of the ANCESTORS IN THE AMERICAS series unfolds with the arrival of Chinese on the West Coast during the Gold Rush, not as coolies laboring in the bleak outposts of the New World’s plantations and mines, but as free men embarking for “Gold Mountain.” Pushed by hard times at home, they arrived full of hope for wealth and for an auspicious return to their homeland.
Laboring, reclaiming land, and community-building, while pursuing cases before the US courts for justice and equality, they set legal precedents and left a legacy of civil rights for all Americans.