Recognizing legacy of Chinese Exclusion Act
- September 12, 2008
Events commemorating the Chinese Exclusion Act run Oct. 3 through Feb. 1 at CSUEB's Hayward campus. In recognition of the legacy of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, California State University, East Bay, will present a series of free exhibitions and a lecture running from Oct.13 through Feb. 1 on the Hayward campus.
The series, "The Chinese-American Experience in California: A Cultural Festival," opens at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13, with "America in a Different Mirror: Studying the Past for the Sake of the Future," by internationally recognized scholar Ron Takaki in the University Theatre on the northeast side of campus. A reception will follow.
Five exhibits in the University Library, on the west side of campus, also open that day and continue through Feb. 1. They are:
• "Remembering 1882: Fighting for Civil Rights in the Shadow of the Chinese Exclusion Act," from the Chinese Historical Society of America
• "Gateway to Gold Mountain," from The Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation
• "Asian & Pacific Islander Student & Alumni Art Exhibit," curated by Joanne Ludwig
• "Immigration and Bay Area Asians," from David Woo, associate professor of geography and environmental studies
• "Stones and Bones that Speak: Inscribed Chinese Art, Ancient to Modern," produced by the University Art Gallery
A sixth exhibit, "Ghosts of the Dam: The Chinese Laborers at Lake Chabot," by C.E. Smith Museum of Anthropology students will open Nov. 21.
The College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences (CLASS) launched this observance of the Exclusion Act with three programs last spring: a wall on which participants shared observations about living as an immigrant or living in a multicultural, immigrant-populated community; a lecture by anthropology professor George Miller about the 1980s excavation of a Chinese labor camp near Lake Chabot; and a student symposium led by history faculty.
The exhibits may be viewed during regular University Library hours: 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday; 11 am.-5 p.m., Saturday; and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday. Holiday hours will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 15-19, 22-24. The library will be closed Nov. 11, 26-27; Dec. 25-Jan. 5; and Jan. 19.
Campus parking is free from 5 p.m. Friday through 8 a.m. Monday. Parking fee is $5 per day in pay lots (machines accept dollar bills and quarters) or 25 cents per 10 minutes at meters.
California State University, East Bay, welcomes persons with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodation upon request. Please notify event sponsor at least two weeks in advance if accommodation is needed.