Bill Moyers and a team of filmmakers have collaborated to tell the dramatic story of the Chinese experience in America. Through interviews with historians, descendents and recent immigrants, Becoming American: The Chinese Experience tells this fascinating story, including the impact of the landmark Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 -- the first time the United States ever banned a group of people based on race or nationality -- and the Immigration Reform Act of 1965, which opened the door to Asians and other non-Europeans to come to America in record numbers. The three-part series continues right up to the present, as new Chinese immigrants join Chinese-Americans who have lived here for generations in a dynamic example of the American experience.
Join MIC and the Minnesota Historical Society on February 24, as Bill Moyers discusses this project and shows highlights of the PBS documentary. The presentation complements the Historical Society's special exhibition, The Chinese-American Experience in Minnesota, which runs through April.
For more information on the documentary, which premieres on PBS on March 25, visit www.becomingamerican.org.