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How have politics shaped our perceptions of Americanness throughout U.S. history? And how do today’s conversations on immigration and exclusion compare with political, legal, and cultural scenarios from our past? On the 76th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, join this dynamic conversation about the ongoing struggle to define who is American. View an excerpt of The Chinese Exclusion Act, a documentary on the United States’ first significant immigration restriction law, passed in 1882. Then hear director Benny Sato Ambush read an excerpt from the acclaimed play Hold These Truths, based on the true story of Japanese-American Gordon Hirabayashi, who resisted internment during WWII. Paul Watanabe, Director of the Institute for Asian American Studies, will remark on connections between Chinese exclusion, Japanese internment, and today’s immigration issues. A panel discussion and community conversation will conclude the event.
6:30pm Screening: Excerpt of The Chinese Exclusion Act
The full-length documentary will screen on Dec 2, visit http://www.baaff.org/decseries.html for details
7:25pm Reading: Excerpt of Hold These Truths
Read by Benny Sato Ambush (Director) Hold These Truths, based on the true story of Gordon Hirabayashi, who resisted internment during WWII, will be performed at the Lyric Stage Dec 1-31
7:35pm Speaker: Paul Watanabe
Director of the Institute for Asian American Studies and Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts, Boston remarks on the connections between Chinese exclusion, Japanese internment, and immigration issues today.
7:50pm Panel Discussion and Q&A
Hosted by Chinese Historical Society of New England – CHSNE and Old South Meeting House with Lyric Stage Company, UMass Boston Institute for Asian American Studies, New England Japanese American Citizens League (NEJACL), ArtsEmerson and Boston Asian American Film Festival
This program is made possible with support from the Lowell Institute. The event is free and open to the public; registration is requested.