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The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin

Every Thu., Fri., and Sat. from March 16-April 8
7:30 p.m.
Every Sun. from March 19-April 9
2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
March 23
10 a.m.
$25-$40; $15 students.

Despite the opposition to the attempts to ban select ethnicities from our shores, Trump’s efforts do recall such regrettable immigration restrictions as the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, an especially xenophobic piece of legislation that wasn’t officially repealed until 1943. As recounted in The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin, written by Minneapolis-based playwright Jessica Huang, the decades spent living under this patently racist act gave rise to the widespread demonizing of an entire culture. Huang shines a light on this history by telling the true story of Harry Chin, a Chinese national who managed to remain in the United States through a loophole. Chin’s experience, however, was far from carefree. As he coped with his longing for the home he left behind, normalized bigotry loomed over any hope of being accepted as equal in his new homeland. Directed by Mei Ann Teo, this History Theatre production offers a timely reminder of the threats to our most celebrated ideals.