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The Wisconsin China Initiative was launched in 2007 to both serve as the contact point for information about UW-Madison connections with the China region and to bring together cross-disciplinary faculty, alumni and leaders in business and government.  The Initiative is housed in the International Division at the University of Madison. It is staffed by Associate Director Laurie Dennis.



Video of the April 25 panel on Chinese Exclusion Act.

Chinese Exclusion Act 4.25.17 from Discovery Building on Vimeo.

Filmmakers Li-Shin Yu and Ric Burns of Steeplechase Films were in Madison April 24-26 for screenings of their new documentary, "The Chinese Exclusion Act." (see story below) They also participated in a panel discussion at the DeLuca Forum on why the film matters today and how the 1882 law impacted our understanding of what it means to be an American. Joining them were UW faculty Victor Jew of Asian American Studies, Law Professor Asifa Quraishi-Landes and author/journalist Helen Zia.

At right: Ric Burns, seated next to Li-Shin Yu, discussed his new documentary. Below: Panelests Victor Jew and Helen Zia. Photos by UW-Madison student Ian Shuai.

New PBS documentary on Chinese Exclusion Act to be screened first in Madison

MADISON - The keys to understanding current issues on immigration, citizenship, and labor might be found in radical legislation enacted in the United States more than 100 years ago.

The 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act is the only federal legislation to single out and name a specific race and nationality for exclusion from immigration and citizenship. The legislation, which was in place for more than 60 years, exposed Chinese Americans to forced registration, segregation, and violence.

The photo at right os of the Lim family in California, one of many that had to contend with the Chinese Exclusion Act.

The documentary exposes connections between the Chinese Exclusion Act and the history of American civil liberties and immigration. Experts explore how social, political, economic, and cultural circumstances paved the way for the legislation that continues to impact attitudes on race, culture, and identity in America.

“The issues discussed in the film are relevant to today's national conversation, and the filmmakers are to be credited for reminding us that history is a great teacher only if we pay attention to its lessons,” said Wisconsin China Initiative Director and Professor Jerry C.P. Yin. “The film and discussion on Tuesday should provide us with an opportunity to learn from some of our past mistakes.”

Click here to see the full press release.

Download the event poster.

The "Chinese Exclusion Act" campus events are made possible by an Anonymous Fund grant. Hosted by the Wisconsin China Initiative, with co-sponsorship from the WUD Film Committee, CEAS, and Asian American Studies.


WCI starts new Bubble Tea Mondays event

The WCI will be hosting a new community gathering event, "Bubble Tea Mondays," starting Monday, March 6, at 4:30 p.m. in room 336 of Ingraham Hall (1155 Observatory Drive).

These free public events feature free "Bubble Tea" (first come, first served!), conversation and camaraderie.

The opening March 6 event included screening and discussion of two short film clips, "Say My Name" and "Homesick," which are both focused on the experiences of Chinese students on American campuses. Future sessions will have the theme of the Chinese experience at UW-Madison.

March 12 - UW Professor Emeritus Paul Williams, a plant pathologist, on his research about Chinese cabbage.

March 27 - UW-China History Quiz! Special guest: the nephew of a prominent Chinese economist who was trained at UW in the 1920s, Chen Daisun 陈岱孙 (1990-1997).

April 3 - Session with filmmaker Kenneth Eng about his documentry, "My Life in China"

April 10 - Presentation by UW Math Professor Tonghai Yang talking about the Anhui-based charity he established: the Hometown Education Foundation.

Aprl 17 - The History of China and the UW (Part 2)
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The WCI student team has given the event series the Chinese name of "麦屯奶茶日“ which focuses on the Madison location (麦屯, the nickname for Madison) and the student friendly beverage (奶茶) that will be served.

Bubble Tea Mondays is made possible by a "campus climate improvement" grant to the Wisconsin China Initiative from the Chancellor's Office and the International Division of the UW-Madison.


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