The film Becoming American: The Chinese Experience describes the ways the first arrivals from China in the 1840s, their descendants, and recent immigrants have "become American." It is a story about identity and belonging that will resonate with all Americans.
The goal of this study guide, that accompanies the film, is to explore such universal themes in a particular history. Throughout the guide, students are encouraged to relate the story of the Chinese in America to their own history and to the history of the nation as a whole.
This guide seeks to promote student-teacher discussion around questions that Americans have asked in every generation, such as:
- Who may live among us?
- Who may become an American?
- What does it mean to be an American?