The Immigration Working Group will be hosting a screening of this documentary film on Thursday, May 24th, 2018 at 5:00 pm. The event will take place in the Sociology Lounge (Room 6112) of the CUNY Graduate Center (365 Fifth Ave). We look forward to seeing you there.
THE CHINESE EXCLUSION ACT is a documentary by Ric Burns and Li-Shin Yu, produced by Steeplechase Films and the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM). The film explores the important connections between the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act – the only federal legislation in United States history ever to single out and name a specific race and nationality for exclusion from immigration and citizenship – and the history of American civil liberties, immigration, labor, and culture. THE CHINESE EXCLUSION ACT examines the dramatic social, political, and economic circumstances that lead to this landmark piece of legislation and the wide-ranging consequences it had on national attitudes towards race, culture, politics, and society. The film also shines a light on the forgotten history of Chinese American resilience and resistance to the exclusionary laws and the affronts to their civil rights, including educational segregation, forced registration, and mass lynchings.
Chinese Americans resisted in many ways, including through community organizing, civil disobedience, and the justice system. They brought 10,000 cases to federal courts, which led to a number of legal precedents that are defining to this day. At its core, THE CHINESE EXCLUSION ACT is a deeply American story about immigration and national identity, civil rights and human justice, and how we define who can be an American and what being an American means. The film examines the economic, cultural, social, legal, racial, and political dimensions of the law; the forces and events that gave rise to it; and the effect it has had, and continues to have, on American culture and identity, as well as the larger issues of globalization, immigration, labor, and civil rights that continue to dominate headlines today.
Below is a list of many places with some great datasets. This list is by no means exhaustive. You may also want to check the blog posts for “data.”
Data Sources / Datasets
There are no hard and fast lines for what a “research center” is or how it differs from our “datasets and data” page (since many datasets are actually housed at research centers. Nevertheless, we tried to add a little organization here. In addition to these centers, there are many resources that are based at various CUNY campuses.
- Center for Comparative Immigration Studies (CCIS)(UCSD)
- Centre for European Migration and Ethnic Studies (CEMES)
- Centre for European Refugees, Migration, and Ethnic Studies (CERMES)
- Center for Inter-American and Border Studies (University of Texas)
- Center for International Human Rights (Northwestern University)
- Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (NYU Law School)
- Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies(CUNY)
- Center for Migration and Development (CMD) (Princeton)
- Center for U.S./Mexico Studies, UCSD
- Center for an Urban Future (based in NYC)
- Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM)(London)
- Centre on Migration, Policy, & Society (COMPAS) (University of Oxford, UK)
- American Immigration Council
- Immigration History Research Center (University of Minnesota)
- The Integration of the European Second Generation (TIES)
- International Center for Migration, Ethnicity, and Citizenship (New School for Social Research)
- International Migration, Integration, and Social Cohesion (IMISCOE)
- Interdisciplinary Immigration Workshop (UC Berkeley)
- IZA (Migration Section)
- Julian Samora Research Institute (Michigan State University)
- Latin American Network Information Center (University of Texas)
- Migration News
- Migration Policy Institute (MPI)
- Refugee Studies Centre (Oxford University)
- Pews Hispanic Center
- PEW Research Center Publications on Immigration
There are a number of CUNY-wide initiatives and resources on immigration. Below are only some places to start.
- Center for Human Rights and Peace Studies
- The Center for Human Rights and Peace Studies advances social justice and human dignity in an interdisciplinary fashion through active involvement of faculty, students, and community in research and teaching.
Queensborough Community College
Guest Contributor: Ron Hayduk (Queens College, CUNY) is the author of Democracy for All: Restoring Immigrant Voting Rights in the United States (Routledge, 2006) and is a co-founder of the Coalition to Expand Voting Rights.
Can you imagine how electoral dynamics in New York City would change if one million new voters were added to the rolls, particularly if those new voters were the newest New Yorkers? That question may be answered in the 2013 elections, if a bill that was recently introduced into the New York City Council passes. The Voting Rights Restoration Act (aka, Intro 410) would restore voting rights to legal noncitizen immigrants in municipal elections (mayor, comptroller, city council members, borough presidents, district attorneys, judges). [please check the bottom of the post to see who has signed and who has not] Read more