Confronting Immigration Exclusion

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Chapter 4: Confronting Immigration Exclusion, 1860s-1920s Paper 2 12/10/2012 AAST 201 section: 0102 Ziyu Han Looking backward the human history, Chinese people were one of the ethnic groups that were crowded out by the federal legislation and restricted by the immigration law, but with more a more severe condition. Started from 1849, Chinese people poured into America to join the “Gold Rush”, and meanwhile, Chinese were gathered for the construction of the transcontinental railroad. In 1882, the number of Chinese immigration reached apex of its development. In the same year, the U.S Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act to limit the Chinese immigrations, which was just starting of the abyss of soreness of Chinese immigrants. The…show more content…
It is described in source that Asian immigrants was tools of big business and were considered as victory for the white American working class. Moreover, source indicated that race underscored the common class position of Asian and white workers, and the politics casted exclusion as rooted in negotiations among elected officials ( Karashige, Yang 96). These three understandings of Chinese Exclusion law help us to digger into a deeper analyze of the Act by focusing on the victims of exclusion, which leads to a conclusion of Asian immigrants changed administrative policy and in various ways affected the larger process of American immigration, particularly true for Chinese immigrants. However, it is argued in the source that whether Chinese competition resulted in a reduced wage was real benefit to the community at large or not. On the…show more content…
Nowadays, Chinese were still under the long shroud of shadows and the Chinese Exclusion Act brought potential impacts as well. Moreover, there is a saying that the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 remains one of the most infamous and tragic statutes in American history, and posted influences on several generations. More than one hundred years after the event, the Chinese Exclusion Act still haunts the nation’s treatment of immigrants and immigration, which is worthy of profound thinking in the 21st century ( Kurashige&Yang

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