The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882

Thursday, May 6, 2021 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM


To build bridges of understanding, we must take time to listen to the experiences of others. 

Rolling Ridge is launching "Voices and Stories" as a new ONLINE series that uses historical education and contemplative listening to open hearts and minds to the events that have shaped American society today.

With the recent rise of anti-Asian sentiment, the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 will serve as the inaugural event of our "Voices and Stories" series.  Signed into law on May 6, 1882, the Chinese Exclusion Act was the first, and remains the only law to prevent all members of a specific ethnic or national group from immigrating to the United States. This act of Congress was the culmination of decades of anti-Chinese sentiment and continued for 60 years until it was repealed in 1943, allowing 105 Chinese to enter each year.  Racial barriers on immigration were not however fully abolished until 1965.

Join us on May 6th from 11 am to 1 pm to learn about the history of anti-Chinese sentiment which culminated in the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882.  Following an overview of this aspect of American history, we will move into a time of contemplative sharing and reflective conversation as we consider the implications on anti-Asian hate today and what we need to do to build bridges of understanding and to take a stand for justice.

Lawrence Jay, Director at Rolling Ridge, will be facilitating this session and will share how the story of his great grandparents intersect with this historical event.

Although there is no fee for this program, your generous donation to assist Rolling Ridge during COVID is greatly needed and appreciated. Thank you. 

About the leader(s)

Lawrence Jay

As the Executive Director of Rolling Ridge, Lawrence works in partnership with the staff to ensure that the guest experience at the Ridge is top quality.  He also partners with retreat leaders to provide excellent programming at the Ridge, and is available to speak about the ongoing ministry and historic mission of Rolling Ridge as a place of rest, retreat, and transformation.  A trained spiritual director and ordained American Baptist pastor, he is a graduate of UCLA, Golden Gate Seminary, Franciscan School of Theology, American Baptist Seminary of the West, and the Gateways to God Missional Spiritual Direction Program.  Eco-spirituality is his passion (and was his doctoral dissertation), encouraging everyone to live into the fullness of our connection with nature, God, and all people.