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Watch a clip from Becoming American: The Chinese Experience.

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The Chinese-American Experience in Minnesota was made possible by a generous grant from Sit Investment Associates.

All photos are in the MHS collections, unless otherwise noted.

This online resource is an abridged version of the exhibit shown at the Minnesota History Center February 23 - June 1, 2003.

The Chinese-American Experience in Minnesota was a small exhibit on display at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul from February 23, 2003 through June 1, 2003. The exhibit featured images and objects from MHS collections, as well as artworks and other objects loaned for the occasion.

The exhibit was a companion piece to a documentary film, Becoming American: The Chinese Experience, produced by the noted filmmaker and commentator Bill Moyers, which premiered on public television in March 2003. Mr. Moyers previewed the film and spoke about its development at an opening event at the History Center on Feb. 24, 2003.

Chinese immigrants in the 19th century struggled to make a home for themselves in the United States. Despite harsh immigration restrictions and job discrimination that persisted well into the 20th century, Chinese people managed to put down roots in all parts of the country. By 2002, the Chinese community in Minnesota numbered more than 18,000 people and it remains a vital force throughout the state.

Photo of altar   Photo of Painting Seong Moy


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