“Who is American?”: Community and Educational Outreach Program

CAAM’s new community and educational outreach program “Who is American?” Immigration, Exclusion, & the American Dream will foster greater public understanding and dialogue about the history and impact of the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act, a landmark, little known piece of federal legislation that reshaped American law, foreign policy and civic life. Through the program, CAAM will distribute free educational resources and host community screenings to reach thousands of students, teachers, and community members in support of the film THE CHINESE EXCLUSION ACT.

CAAM is working with a group of educators in the Bay Area who are developing curriculum around the Chinese Exclusion Act and will use scenes from the documentary as part of the lesson sets. Their curriculum is tentatively titled “Teaching Against Exclusion.” We are happy to announce that curriculum development for the project is underway.

The educators will develop lesson sets that allow students to explore connections between historical and contemporary conditions, from exclusionary immigration policies, disproportionate incarceration rates among people of color, and police violence, to areas in Oakland that are quickly gentrifying, they said. The teachers plan to attend The Chinese Exclusion Act film screening at #CAAMFest35, will continue to delve into the issue by visiting the “Chinese Exclusion/Inclusion” exhibit at the Chinese Historical Society of America, and learn more from historians and academics.


  • Young Whan Choi, Manager of Performance Assessments, Oakland Unified School District (OUSD)
  • Elizabeth Humphries, High School History Specialist, Oakland Unified School District
  • Rachel B. Reinhard, Ph.D., Director, UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project

Check out our March 2017 blog post for more information about these Young Whan Choi, Elizabeth Humphries, and Rachel B. Reinhard and to learn more about the curriculum they are helping CAAM develop.


From August – September 2016, we hosted a crowdfunding campaign that raised over $76,267 from over 415 people in support of this film. Our crowdfunding campaign was the first step of our larger goal to raise $400,000 to complete the creation, development and execution of our national strategy to provide educational curriculum about the Chinese Exclusion Act and host educational screenings of the film to students and teachers across the nation from 2017-2018.

We appreciate everyone who shared this campaign and film with their friends, relatives and networks. Thanks to each of you, more people now know about this landmark, little known piece of federal legislation and why it is relevant to understanding the American experience – past, present, and future.

Click here to see the list of campaign supporters (as of December 19, 2016)
Ginger Adams
Denise Bednar
Bill Bishop
Mitchell Bonner
Jocelyn S. Carter
Sheree Chan
Alex Chan
Gayle Chan
Heather Chan
Joyce Chan
Lily Chan
Ronald K. Chan and Jane G. Chan
Phil Chang
Abby Chen
Kelvin Chen
Matty Chen
Nain Chen
Peter W. Chen
Adam Cheung
Thomas Chew
John Chiang
Jennie Chien
Paul Chin
Yung Chin
David Choi
Ailynn Knox-Collins
Wilson Chu
Cynthia Der
Chung Der
Anna Don
Lester Dun
Judy Eisenbrand
Norman and Candice Eng
Kenneth Eng
Julianne Eng
Norman Eng
Deanna Fone
Evelyn Fong
Janet Fong
Dagmar Fung
William Fung
Becca Giang
Cindy Gieng
Julie Ha
Dennis Ham
Melody Hom
Julie Hood
Stephen Hsieh
Michael Hsieh
Tine Hsu
Trent Hu
Jessica Huang
Milana Huang
Candace Huey
Judy Huey
Brian Hui
Dennis Jang
Serina Jensen
Weirong Jiang
Catherine Johnston
Nicholas Jones
Ted Kao
Han Kim
May and George Koo
Mike Kwan
James Kwok
Anne Kwong
Alfred Lee
Annie Lee
Benny Lee
Emery Lee
Gordon Lee
Henry Lee
Jeff and Melvina Lee
John Lee
Matthew Lee
Patricia Lee
Wayne Lee
Tiffany Lei
Andrew Leong
Sherman Lew
Kitty L. Lew
Carol Li
Mengying Li
Jeanine Lim
Nancy Lim Yee and Edmund Yee
Michael Lok
Lawland Long
Veronica Long
Annie Loo
Vanita Louie
Jodie Louie
Joanne Low
Li Lu
Robert Martin
Ki-Wing Merlin
Jana McBurney-Lin
Therese Mitros
Bill Moy
Vivian Nagy
Anthony Ng
Amy Ng
Tram Nguyen
Chris Nishida
Patricia Nishimoto
Hideaki Noguchi
Natalie Hom Oyung
Ling-yuh Pattie
Beverly Pierce
Gisele Pohan
Lawrence Pon
Eva Poon
Daniel Quan
Geoffrey Quan
Robert Russell
Julia Sen
Beatrice Shen
Nick Sheng
Judy S. Sit
Penelope and Rossi Snipper
Shelley Soo-Li
Carrie Stewart
Lanlian Szeto
Calvin and Fay Taam
Brian Tom
Kan and Anna Toy
Harry Trinh
Janet Tse
Monica Walters
Cecilia Tso Warner
Amy Wong
Sophia Wong
Allen Wong
Brenda Hee Wong
Vicky Wong
Donald and Margaret Wong
John Wong
Alex Woo
Wailan Woo
Christine Wu
Sinan Xin
Xinnin Yang
Cynthia Yee
Frank Yee
Gloria Yee
Anthony Yin
Richard Young
Janet Young
Sharon Young
Emily Yu
Philip Yu
Susan Yu
Taylor Zhou
Tenghui Zhu


Please fill out the following form if you are interested in hosting/organizing your own community screening or receiving free educational resources on the documentary. Promotional resources for screenings are available here.

  • Please add any questions you might have about the community screenings and resources and/or other important information we should know about your school / group / organization.