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.
MEET THE EDUCATORS BEHIND THE CURRICULUM
- 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.
CAAM’S CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN
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.
Jocelyn S. Carter
Ronald K. Chan and Jane G. Chan
Peter W. Chen
Norman and Candice Eng
May and George Koo
Jeff and Melvina Lee
Kitty L. Lew
Nancy Lim Yee and Edmund Yee
Natalie Hom Oyung
Judy S. Sit
Penelope and Rossi Snipper
Calvin and Fay Taam
Kan and Anna Toy
Cecilia Tso Warner
Brenda Hee Wong
Donald and Margaret Wong
SCREENINGS & EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
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.
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