13th ANNUAL DISORIENT ASIAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL OF OREGON
DisOrient is the premiere Asian American, social justice film festival of Oregon. Our films–“By us, for us and about us”–break open the one-dimensional stereotype of the “Oriental.” We believe in the power of film to inform, heal and connect people. We bring power to our voice as we share our stories and advocate for social justice.
THE CHINESE EXCLUSION ACT
Documentary – 2017 – USA – 160 Minutes – Unrated
The DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon presents a special screening of THE CHINESE EXCLUSION ACT on Tuesday, April 17 at 6 pm with a ten minute intermission.
“What made the Chinese survive the most difficult conditions in this country is mainly their identification with American founding principles, and also their faith in themselves, and they refused to be excluded.” -Renqui Yu (Professor of History, SUNY-Purchase)
THE CHINESE EXCLUSION ACT, directed by award-winning documentary filmmakers Ric Burns and Li-Shin Yu of Steeplechase Films, sheds a light on the important connections between the Chinese Exclusion Act and the history of American civil liberties, immigration, and culture. By examining the socio-economic and geo-political forces that led to the Act, the film will uncover its unmistakable and wide-ranging consequences on national attitudes towards race, culture, politics, and society. At its core, this is a film about American identity, tracing the arc of what has defined being American from the time the United States was a fledgling republic through its astronomical rise as a world superpower. This film documents in fascinating detail the events leading to, causes of, consequences, and continuing impact of 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.
The film includes powerful and illuminating on-camera testimony from historians Erika Lee (University of Minnesota), Mary Ting Yi Lui (Yale University), Mae Ngai (Columbia University), Jean Pfaelzer (University of Delaware), Kevin Starr (USC-Dornsife), Jack (John Kuo Wei) Tchen (Founding Director, A/P/A Institute at NYU), Ling-Chi Wang (UC Berkeley), K. Scott Wong (Williams College), Renqiu Yu (SUNY-Purchase), along with Phillip Choy (architect, historian and archivist), Michael C. Lin (Chairman, 1882 Project), David Lei (cultural advocate), and Martin Gold (attorney and author).
Post screening discussion led by Lynn Fujiwara, faculty member of the University of Oregon Ethnic Studies Department.
Tickets: $8.00 General Admission
ONE NIGHT ONLY – TUESDAY, APRIL 17 AT 6:00 PM