The Chinese Exclusion Act: American Experience

About This Episode


Examine the origin, history and impact of the 1882 law that made it illegal for Chinese workers to come to America and for Chinese nationals already here ever to become U.S. citizens. The first in a long line of acts targeting the Chinese for exclusion, it remained in force for more than 60 years.

The Chinese Exclusion Act is co-produced by the Center for Asian American Media, with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, PBS, and American Experience.