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Duluth to host exhibit on 'Asian Pacific legal experience'

Denfeld High School will play host this week to a community event documenting the impact of historic laws and policies affecting Asian Americans.

The "Asian Pacific Legal Experience in America" exhibit will be on display at the school's auditorium from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday.

"The exhibition traces the Asian Pacific American legal experience through a retrospective look at events including the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, the Japanese American Incarceration in WWII, and the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965," organizers said in a news release. "This legal-themed exhibit has traveled to various United States Courthouses across the state."

The exhibit was developed by the U.S. District Court in Minnesota and opened in Minneapolis in May 2015. Dozens of attorneys volunteered to create the exhibit under the guidance of the state's federal judges, according to the news release.

Denfeld history students will present the panels to guests, and Asian Student Association and Mandarin Chinese language students will host additional displays and offer food samples.

Magistrate Judge Tony Leung, the first and only Asian-Pacific American to serve on the federal bench in Minnesota, is scheduled to speak at the Denfeld auditorium a day ahead of the event. His speech, at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, is also open to the public.

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