Plague at the Golden Gate

Featuring: Li-Shin Yu, David K. Randall, Ric Burns (moderator)

Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series 

  • Tuesday, May 24, 12 – 1 pm
  • Free
head shot of Li-Shin Yu
David Randall
head shot of Ric Burns

Event Details:

In 1900, an outbreak of bubonic plague in San Francisco’s Chinatown unleashed a furor across the country and punctuated tensions between the Chinese community and the greater American public. In response, two doctors led the seemingly impossible battle to contain the deadly disease while combating unexpected opposition from business leaders, politicians, and even the president of the United States. In anticipation of the premiere of Plague at the Golden Gate for PBS American Experience on May 24, the film’s producers present a special conversation on this frightening chapter of American history and how the Chinese community fought back against unjust, discriminatory treatment.

Li-Shin Yu is the director and producer of Plague at the Golden Gate for PBS' American Experience. David K. Randall is a senior reporter at Reuters and the author of Black Death at the Golden Gate: The Race to Save America from the Bubonic Plague. Ric Burns (moderator), an award-winning filmmaker who has been producing, directing, and writing historical documentaries for public television since 1990, is the founder of Steeplechase Films. He is a trustee of the New-York Historical Society.

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The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024

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