Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion chronicles the complex history of the Chinese in America—the challenges of immigration, citizenship, and belonging that shaped both the Chinese American experience and the development of the United States as a nation. Learn more about the first American trade ship to sail for China, the early Chinese laborers hoping to strike it rich on “Gold Mountain,” the passage of the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act to limit Chinese immigration and access to citizenship, the experience of multiple generations of Chinese American families in the twentieth century…and see how this history contributed to shaping American society.

It is a story that includes Yung Wing, the first Chinese to graduate from an American university; Wong Chin Foo, a nineteenth-century lecturer and advocate for equal rights; Jade Snow Wong, an acclaimed ceramicist, writer, and cultural ambassador; and countless Chinese immigrants and American-born Chinese. The exhibit features more than 200 images and objects that make the centuries-long history of the Chinese in America tangible and memorable.

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The New-York Historical Society recognizes the leadership support of
Oscar Tang and Agnes Hsu-Tang – Tang Family Foundation
for Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion.

Generous funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities,
the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Achelis and Bodman Foundations,
and Harold J. and Ruth Newman.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from
the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Exhibitions at the New-York Historical Society are made possible, in part, by the

New York State Council on the Arts with the support of
Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.