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The human impact of the chinese exclusion act

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Social Studies Middle School

The Human Impact of the Chinese Exclusion Act

The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 prevented all immigration of Chinese laborers. Chinese immigrants were detained at Angel Island in San Francisco Bay at the turn of the 20th century because of the Exclusion Act. This audio story describes the Chinese poetry carved on the walls of a detention barracks by Angel Island detainees. Their poetry tells a story of humiliation and mistreatment of innocent Chinese people trying to start a new life or join loved ones already in the United States.

Immigration US History II Arts Race

Story Length: 6:29

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Hana Baba, distributed by PRX

AIR DATE: 05/01/2005

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