Immigration in U.S. History
Non Fiction about the Chinese/Chinese American Experience
Ancestors in the Americas. Center for Educational Telecommunications, 1998.
A three-part series from PBS examining the history of Asians in America. For historical documents, interviews, viewer's guides, and more resources visit the Ancestors in the Americas website.
Becoming American: The Chinese Experience. PBS, 2003.
A three-part series that explores the history of Chinese immigration to the United States. Part 1: Gold Mountain Dreams; Part 2: Between Two Worlds; Part 3: No Turning Back. The PBS companion website includes a timeline, eyewitness accounts, and a viewer's guide.
Carved in Silence. San Francisco: Cross Current Media, 1992, 1987.
By means of historic footage plus dramatized reenactments, traces the history of Chinese immigration to the United States, especially the Exclusion Era, 1882-1943 which resulted in the detention of Chinese immigrants at the Angel Island Immigration Station in San Francisco Bay. Parts filmed at Angel Island State Park.
Who Killed Vincent Chin? New York: Filmakers Library, 1988.
Documentary on racism in working-class America focuses on the murder of Vincent Chin, a Chinese-American, in a Detroit bar. Interweaves the murder with social concerns and questions about justice.
Vincent Who? explores how the murder of Vincent Chin continues to have meaning to society today, as well as how the hate crime remains unknown or forgotten in many Americans' minds. Visit the Vincent Who? documentary website for additional video interviews, further resources, and a timeline of the case.
Child Labor and Exploitative Labor Practices
Made in L.A.
This documentary follows three Latina immigrants in the 21st century as they work in Los Angeles sweatshops and fight for workers' rights. Visit the PBS website for a lesson plan, reading list, interviews, and further resources.
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