Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Angel Island Chinese Interrogation Reenactment

From the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation:

Saturday, April 30, 2011 will see an exciting day of history and contemporary issues on Angel Island. At 11:30 a.m., actors in period costumes will reenact an actual interrogation of Chinese immigrants attempting to overcome the Chinese Exclusion Acts, the first American legislation to exclude a specific race or nationality from immigration to this country. We will see what these intended immigrants went through at the island’s Administration Building, and the outcome of their ordeal. Following that, well-known professors Judy Yung, professor emerita at UC Santa Cruz, and Bill Ong Hing, law professor at the University of San Francisco, and immigrant college students from Thailand and the Philippines will participate in a panel discussion relating the Angel Island experience to what immigrants face today. The reenactment will take place at the Interrogation Table, located on the site of the actual Administration Building on the Immigration Station site. Following the panel discussion, the immigration barracks will be open for self-guided tours.

This event is produced in collaboration with global human rights organization Breakthrough (www.breakthrough.tv) as part of its groundbreaking Facebook game, America 2049.  In America 2049 players must make high-stakes decisions in a divided America of the near future. America 2049 players are challenged to ask: how can we work together, online and in real life, to build a better future? Check it out at: www.america2049.com. Angel Island's event is the third in a series of public events at leading cultural organizations nationwide, in which players further explore pressing social issues raised in the game America 2049. So far, over 12,000 players are participating in the game and we encourage you to join them! Among the acting talent are stand-up comic and actress Margaret Cho and actor Harold Perrineau of Lost. Cho noted, “Protecting civil rights is the responsibility of all Americans. Our future depends on our civic involvement, and I'm excited that 'America 2049' will help educate young people about their power to change their world.”
 
For more details, visit our website. For more information, contact Grant Din at 415-262-4433, or email gdin@aiisf.org.

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