Public Programs: America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Implementation Grants

Period of Performance

4/1/2013 - 3/31/2016

Funding Totals

$300,000.00 (approved)
$300,000.00 (awarded)

Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion: Exhibition and Educational Initiative

FAIN: GI-50552-13

New York Historical Society (New York, NY 10024-5152)
Louise Mirrer (Project Director: August 2012 to October 2016)

Implementation of an exhibition and educational initiative exploring the Chinese American experience.

The New-York Historical Society (N-YHS) respectfully requests a Chairman's Special Award from the NEH in support of "Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion," a major interpretive exhibition and educational initiative with a national and international traveling component. The exhibit will investigate the question: "What does it mean to be an American" through an exploration of the Chinese American experience. Spanning over 200 years of history and anchored around the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, this exhibition will present a richly woven narrative and raise questions about how we as Americans might reckon with this largely unknown and unrepresented past. The exhibition, along with a robust suite of educational activities, public programs, digital resources, a companion book, and collaborative efforts planned with partner institutions, will reach an estimated 400,000 individuals.

Media Coverage

Great Job on the Railroad. Now Go Back to China. (Review)
Author(s): Edward Rothstein
Publication: The New York Times
Date: 10/4/2014

How Chinese Americans Overcame Exclusion (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Gisele Regatao
Publication: WNYC
Date: 9/28/2014
URL: http://

Chinese-American Exhibit Captures Generations of Family History (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Michelle Lee
Publication: NBC
Date: 10/9/2014

The long history of Chinese immigrants in the US (Media Coverage)
Publication: BBC
Date: 11/11/2014

A Chinaman's Chance (Review)
Author(s): Sokthan Yeng
Publication: The Brooklyn Rail
Date: 11/5/2014

A Story Seldom Told (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Ashley Evangelista
Publication: Time Out New York
Date: 10/22/2014

Telling the History of the First “Illegals” in the United States (Review)
Author(s): Ryan Wong
Publication: Hyperallergic
Date: 11/3/2014

New Exhibit Chronicles Path of Chinese Americans in the U.S. (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Emily Frost
Publication: DNA Info
Date: 9/23/2016

You May Not Know About the First Chinese Americans, But You Should (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Mallika Rao
Publication: Huffington Post
Date: 7/7/2014

Two NYC Museums Tell of Chinese-American Experiences (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Christine Lin
Publication: Epoch Times
Date: 11/4/2014

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Publication: VOA Chinese
Date: 6/30/2016

Exhibit explores Chinese immigrants' inclusion in US history (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Chris Davis
Publication: China Daily
Date: 10/22/2014