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Chinese Exclusion Act

Photo courtesy of Julia Flynn Siler/modified from original

In 19th Century San Francisco's Chinatown only 1 in 10 people were women, and most of them were forced into prostitution, trafficked by criminal tongs. 

Photo by Robbie Sweeny

 


 

On this edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss the troubling history of Angel Island’s Immigration Station through the lens of a dance performance dedicated to the 170,000 Chinese immigrants processed there between 1910 and 1940.

The new documentary, The Chinese Exclusion Act, examines the 1882 law that was established after decades of anti-immigrant rhetoric and violence against Chinese immigrants.