The Chinese Exclusion Exhibit at the Henry Madden Library at California State University, Fresno examines government-sanctioned discrimination against Chinese immigrants that extended more than 80 years.

The exhibit, which runs Feb. 19-March 16, leads into Asian Cultural Heritage Month observances on campus.

Housed in the Henry Madden Library Auditorium 2206 on the second floor, the exhibit focuses on the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 approved by Congress to prevent Chinese immigrants from entering the United States.

The exhibit also will explore the historical debate from its origins through the act’s repeal in 1968; the civil rights struggles of Chinese-Americans and their allies; and the historical importance of habeas corpus in the Chinese-American community.

The exhibit is sponsored by the College of Social Sciences, the Department of Anthropology, and the Amerasia Club.

Dr. Franklin Ng, coordinator of the Asian American Studies program and professor of anthropology at Fresno State, will guide a tour of the exhibit at noon Wednesday, Feb. 24. Hosted by the Asian Faculty/Staff Association, the tour begins with a Tea Social opening ceremony for the exhibit.

Ng will offer a history of Chinese immigration to the U.S. and discuss the Exclusion Act’s impact on Chinese families.

Reservations are required for the tour and are available by contacting Yoshiko Takahashi at ytakahashi@csufresno.eduor at 559.278.4800.

Amerasia Week 2010, March 3-6, will include nightly performances presented by Fresno State Asian student organizations. A lecture March 15 on “Yellow Tide Rising?: Asian American Political Engagement” by Dr. Jane Junn, a political science professor at the University of Southern California, is presented by the Asian Faculty/Staff Association at Fresno State.

Details about the March activities will be posted when available.

(Copy by University Communications news intern Amanda Fine.)