Cultural Literacy: The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882

Today begins Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2019. Mark’s Text Terminal, as it did last year, will feature posts on topics related to this theme for the entire month of May.

Now that xenophobia and bigotry have returned to a rolling boil in the United States, it’s worth remembering that, as ugly as all this is, the grotesqueries of nativism are hardly a new phenomenon in this country. So let’s start the month with this Cultural Literacy worksheet on the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 to remind us of the ignominious places we’ve traveled as a nation.

If you find typos in this document, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

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