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Chinese Immigration to the United States
U.S. Immigration Station, Angel Island, San Francisco Bay
Chinese Americans: The Eagle and the Dragon
from the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library provides an historical overview of immigration from China to the United States from 1800 to the present day.
Chinese Immigration is a history in two parts
From the 1850s to the 1880s before being halted by federal anti-immigration legislation
From the 1970s to the present following normalization of U.S./China relations
Why Did the first Chinese Immigrants Come to the United States?
from KCC Alterna-TV News
Chinese American Women: A History of Resilience and Resistance
, National Women's History Museum
Primary Sources from Harper's Weekly,
The Chinese American Experience, 1857-1892
Early Chinese Immigration
Many of the first Chinese immigrants were wealthy merchants and skilled artisans known for their hard work.
Well and widely received by Americans
In the 1880's poor unskilled workers came looking for work on railroads, to mine gold, to become cooks, and take other jobs considered 'dirty" or undesirable.
They worked hard for little pay.
Unlike the skilled Chinese immigrants who were well received, were treated negatively and attitudes were hostile towards them
Chinese Immigrants in the West
Chinese Laborers on the Way to the Gold Fields
For more, see
The Chinese and Westward Expansion
from the exhibit "
The Chinese in California, 1850-1925
" from the Library of Congress.
The Unsung Story of Chinese and Japanese Immigrants Who Brought Rice to California
from Good Magazine, December 24, 2014.
Chinese in California, 1850 - 1925
from the University of California Berkeley
The Story of Ing "Doc" Hay,
a Chinese herbalist in a small town in Oregon in the 1880s from Crossing East, a radio program about Asian American History
Chinese Workers and the Transcontinental Railroad
See also Dramatic Event page on
The Transcontinental Railroad
Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project
, Stanford University
Chinese-American Contribution to Transcontinental Railroad
from the Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum.
Some 80 percent of those involved in building the Transcontinental Railroad were immigrant Chinese workers.
Chinese Workers Strike
in June 1867 from PBS American Experience.
Anti-Chinese Sentiment and the 1867 Chinese Workers Strike,
Chinese Historical Society of America
The Only One Barred Out, Political Cartoon, 1882
Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882
First law in American history to ban a specific racial group from entering the country
Angel Island Inspection Station was built in 1910
Chinese Immigration and the Chinese Exclusion Acts,
Office of the Historian, United States Department of State
Chinese Immigration and the First U.S. Immigration Laws
, University of Texas at Austin as part of its Border Views series
Island: Poetry and History of Chinese Immigrants on Angel Island, 1910-1940
from University of Washington Press
Go to Immigration Gateways and Ports of Entry for more about Angel Island Immigration Station
Chinese Immigrants in Massachusetts
Chinese Workers Arrive in North Adams, June 13, 1870
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