The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library in San Jose is hosting a traveling exhibit “Remembering 1882” that looks back at the struggles of Chinese Americans immigrating to the United States, reported Spartan Daily.
The exhibit features red and yellow signs displaying information of the 1882 Exclusion Act with pictures and statutes. It is on display every day beginning at 9 a.m. until April 30 on the fourth floor of the library.
“To my knowledge, I know that our ancestors had a hard life back then, mostly working in the farm fields for low wages,” said Jane Ho, a junior in finance major. “Americans quickly started developing a hate for (the Chinese) and eventually (they) were not allowed to immigrate over.”
The U.S. Congress passed the law to prevent Chinese people coming into the U.S. in 1882, and it wasn’t repealed in 1943.
You can read a lot more about the significance of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 here.