Waves of Identity

The Waves of Identity exhibit at the Museum of the Chinese in America is organized around questions like the ones posted in the window.

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An influx of immigrants; Americans fearful for their jobs; lawmakers demanding action at the border. It may sound familiar, but we’re actually talking about the year 1882. That’s when the US Congress passed the Exclusion Act, which restricted the entry of Chinese laborers into the country.

Reporters Roxanne Scott and Kristen Clark explore 200 years of Chinese immigration.

The suitcases of immigrants from Angel Island.

The suitcases of immigrants from Angel Island, on display at the Chinese American Exclusion/Inclusion exhibit at the New York Historical Museum.