There is an examination of the immigration histories of several of Philadelphia’s most populous Asian ethnic communities. Starting with a broad overview of overtly xenophobic legislation such as the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, Gentlemen’s Agreement of 1907, Asiatic Barred Zone Act of 1917, and Immigration Act of 1924 which prevented large-scale Asian migration for much of the 19th and 20th centuries, subject matter experts from the Japanese, Chinese, South Asian, and Southeast Asian American communities will discuss the unique circumstances that led each of their communities to call Philadelphia home. Rob Buscher, Adjunct Professor of Japanese and Asian American Studies at Arcadia University, will introduce the subject and moderate the panel.
Date & Time: Wed, May 23, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Venue: Historical Society of Pennsylvania