The 1882 Foundation convenes a national network of museums, community-based organizations, educational institutions, and federal agencies to foster collaboration around civil rights education with a focus on the history and legacies of the United States’ Chinese exclusion laws. By creating space to build partnerships across sectors, we preserve and interpret the experiences of Chinese Americans through creative, generative projects. The objects and stories featured on this page reflect the breadth of efforts occurring across the country to document Chinese American history. Under the stewardship of diverse organizations and individuals, these stories are powerful touchstones to our nation’s past—demonstrating how personal experiences resonate collectively and reinforcing how Chinese American history is American history.

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