Becoming American – The Chinese Experience

Promotional graphic for 'Becoming American: The Chinese Experience'This three-part series explores the historic saga of Chinese immigrants and issues of race, cultural identity and assimilation at the heart of an increasingly diverse America. Bill Moyers documents how, for over 50 years, the Chinese – like other immigrants to this country – have pursued the American dream. Theirs is a compelling tale of struggle and triumph, progress and setback, separation and assimilation, discrimination and achievement. It is a story of the collision of two cultures, and a narrative that has been largely left out of history books. (2003)

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  • March 1, 2003 | Becoming American – The Chinese Experience
    Part Two tells the story of these hostile years when Chinese Americans existed in a kind of limbo, denied rights in their new country and no longer at home in their former one.
  • March 5, 2003 | Becoming American – The Chinese Experience
    For author and activist Helen Zia and many other Chinese Americans, the last three decades have been a time of political awakening inspired by the Civil Rights movement.
  • March 25, 2003 | Becoming American – The Chinese Experience
    Fleeing civil war, flooding, and famine, thousands of young men leave the villages of southern China to seek their fortunes in the California Gold Rush.