This Day in History

May 6, 1882: Chinese Exclusion Act Signed

Time Periods: Industrial Revolution: 1877 - 1899
Themes: Asian American, Immigration, Imperialism, Labor, Laws & Citizen Rights, Pacific Islander

On May 6, 1882, the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act was signed which prohibited Chinese immigration—the first law to specifically targeted one national group. Wong Kim Ark fought the Chinese Exclusion Act all the way to the Supreme Court in the case of United States v. Wong Kim. Read more about this case and other profiles of people and events from Asian American and Pacific Islander people’s history for Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month #APAHM (May) and all year long.

Wong Kim Ark: Sworn Statement | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

Sworn statement of witnesses verifying departure statement of Wong Kim Ark, 11/02/1894. Image: Wikicommons.