RACISM: The Asian Experience
by Corinne Peters
- The left side of the painting represents the Chinese experience.
- A Chinese laborer, a coolie, carries loads from the mines and mining camps.
- Working as a launderer was a way that many Chinese people chose when they retreated into the ghettos of the city as a source of protection against white racism.
- The trans-continental railroads were the reason why many Chinese men came to America, to earn enough money to return to China.
- Internment camps were barren and desolate places Japanese Americans were forced to live in during WW II.
- American citizens, dressed in typical American garb, are surrounded by only their few bundled possessions, including Life Magazine.
- A young boy worries about his future.
- Dorothea Lange, as well as a few other photographers, documents and exposes the horrors and spirit of those interred.
- A group of 67 men refused to serve in the Army in the WWII to prove their allegiance to a country that had stripped them of citizenship and lives.
- A family pays the ultimate price of Love of Country.
- Young children pledge their allegiance to the Flag show their love of Country.
- The triumph over racism, a young man performs a cello concerto.