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Study Sessions: The Chinese Exclusion Act

“The Chinese Exclusion Act” was the second event of Study Sessions, a new NCTA series led by Mary Roberts. These three-hour sessions take various forms to provide supportive, non-lecture collaborative group learning formats to study Asian and Asian American topics. Each study session gives educators multiple ways to evaluate teaching resources to extend their learning.

On April 22, 2020, educators  and experts joined in an after-school conversation about the Chinese American Exclusion Act. Educators examined books which took into account the voices and experiences of Chinese Americans themselves.

Tracy Lai (Historian, Seattle Central College) helped to further participants’ understanding of this critical topic. Melanie King (Art Historian, South Seattle College) also contributed as a guest to this study session. NCTA Seminar Leader Mary Roberts facilitated this afternoon conversation.

This program was offered online.

This seminar was offered at no cost to current, in-service teachers, and was sponsored by the East Asia Resource Center (EARC) in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington with funding from a Freeman Foundation grant in support of the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA).


Wednesday, April 22, 2020

3:00 PM to 6:00 PM.


  • Free copies of the books Island: Poetry and History of Chinese Immigrants on Angel Island, 1910-1940, by Him Mark Lai, and Landed, by Milly Lee.
  • Digital primary and secondary source materials.
  • Three free Washington State OSPI clock hours.



You can view this collection on Goodreads.