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Immigration Policies and Legislation Affecting Asian Pacific Americans

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Social Studies +1 Age Levels Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old), Post-Secondary, Adults

This topical collection includes resources about immigration policies and legislation that affected, or specifically targeted, immigrants and those with ancestry from Asia and the Pacific Islands.  The policies and legislation profiled in this collection are not the only ones that did so by any means, however, they are some of the most significant.  Collection includes newspapers, objects, portraits, articles, and more.

Teachers and students may use this collection as a springboard for classroom discussions, such as those about immigration policy and/or discrimination. This collection is not comprehensive but rather provides a launching point for research and study.

This Smithsonian Learning Lab collection received Federal support from the Asian Pacific American Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. 

Keywords: chinese exclusion act, 1882, wong chin foo, immigration act of 1917, literacy act, asiatic barred zone act, angel island, japanese incarceration, japanese internment, executive order 9088, 1942, world war ii, world war 2, immigration and nationality act of 1965, hart-celler act, immigration act of 1990, h-1b visa

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W.R.A. Leave Pass, Teiji Okuda, No. 15771

National Museum of American History

Wong Chin Foo

National Portrait Gallery

The Chinese Exclusion Act at History Film Forum 2017

National Museum of American History

Ted’s Talk: A Conversation on Chinese Immigration History

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Pamphlet, "70,000 American Refugees - Made in USA"

National Museum of American History

Trek Vol. 1, no. 1

Archives of American Art

Fred T. Korematsu

National Portrait Gallery

Letters From Camp by Frank Chi

Smithsonian Institution

Immigration and the Hart-Celler Act, 50 years later

National Museum of American History

Nurse's Cap

National Museum of American History

Gaming the System

Smithsonian Institution