Ancestors in the Americas

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Coolies, Sailors, Settlers
Explores how people from the Philippines, China and India first arrived on the shores of North and South America, their survival amid harsh conditions, re-migrations and settlement in the Americas.…
Chinese in the Frontier West
This film documents the large-scale migration of Chinese to California during the Gold Rush of the 1850s and the central role that these immigrants played in developing the American West…

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Coolies, Sailors, Settlers - Voyage to the New World
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Chinese in the Frontier West - An American Story
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