May 13, 2021

Learn About the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act and Japanese Internment

“Perpetual foreigner” is a common term associated with the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. This sentiment can be traced back to the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act, which made it illegal for Chinese workers to come to America and for Chinese nationals already in the U.S. to become citizens, and is also associated with the establishment of Japanese Internment Camps (aka Japanese concentration camps) during World War II. Individuals of Asian descent have historically been “othered” and this treatment continues today.

To better understand the history of the AAPI community in the United States, we have collected a few clips and articles that explain the Chinese Exclusion Act and Japanese Internment.


1882 Chinese Exclusion Act


Japanese Internment


If you are interested in hosting an event with your local AAPI caucus, chapter, or country committee, we have prepared an event in a box with materials to help you host your own discussion.