MOCACITIZEN: The War Against Chinese Restaurants

Tue, Jun 6, 2017 @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Tickets (include museum admission): $12/adult; $5/student & senior; Free for MOCA members
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Experts estimate that today there are more Chinese restaurants in the United States than McDonalds, Burger Kings, Wendy’s Domino’s and Pizza Huts combined. There was a time however when there was a national outcry to ban all Chinese restaurants. A hotel advertisement in The Chronicle Spokane stated in 1893, “I will revolutionize the cheap hotel business. Chinese restaurants must go. Can beat them all these hard times. Excellent table at bed rock prices.”


In conjunction with MOCA’s exhibit Sour, Sweet, Bitter, Spicy: Stories of Chinese Food and Identity in America, please join Gabriel “Jack” Chin, teacher and scholar of Immigration Law, Criminal Procedure, and Race and Law in a conversation about the war against Chinese restaurants from the late 1800s to early 1900s.


This event is co-presented with Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY).

Gabriel "Jack" Chin teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and Immigration, and works with students on professional projects. His efforts with students to repeal Jim Crow laws still on the books includes a successful 2003 petition to the Ohio legislature to ratify the Fourteenth Amendment, 136 years after the state disapproved it during the ratification process. He and his students also achieved the repeal of anti-Asian alien land laws which were on the books in Kansas, New Mexico and Wyoming. For this work, "A" Magazine named him one of the “25 Most Notable Asians in America.” In connection with classes with a practical component, he has tried felony cases and argued criminal appeals with his students.

Professor Chin earned a B.A. at Wesleyan, a J.D. from Michigan and an LL.M. from Yale. He clerked for U.S. District Judge Richard P. Matsch in Denver and practiced with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and The Legal Aid Society of New York. He taught at the Arizona, Cincinnati, NYU and Western New England law schools before joining the UC Davis faculty. His professional activities include service as Reporter on the Uniform Collateral Consequences of Conviction Act, approved in 2009 by the Uniform Law Commission, and for the ABA Standards for Criminal Justice: Collateral Sanctions and Discretionary Disqualification of Convicted Persons (3d ed. 2003). Chin is a member of the American Law Institute.