A Brief Note On Mexican And Japanese Immigrants

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The 1920s served as a crucial time for the society in America. One large problem that occurred was the disputes regarding immigration and residing immigrants. Specifically, the main groups targeted during these years were Mexican and Japanese immigrants. Both in their own ways, these groups endured inequality from the white working class, agribusiness corporations, and native counterparts. Mexican and Japanese immigrants were both treated unfairly through labor experiences, racial discrimination, and problems with immigration and citizenship rights. Although the 1920s is often associated with social freedoms and a booming economy, these factors of prejudice illustrate that many individuals experienced hardships. Agribusiness landowners…show more content…
Another case of oppression toward Mexican immigrants was lynching. Lynching was increasingly brought back from late 1800s, when only a few hundred Mexicans were lynched. Any Mexican charged with theft or property crimes would be hung. Lynching of Mexicans in the 1920s turned into a way of revenge from the success of Mexican mining. Mexicans would be accused of crime as an excuse to be lynched, but were killed due to unjust acts of mob violence from their native counterparts. Between harsh labor conditions and lynching, there was hope from Mexican immigrants for change. The rights of these people were taken away in more ways than one, causing immigrants to push past the racial inequality, although not outwardly offensively. Ramona Diaz believed, “through education and intermarriage will come a great improvement and progress.” Mexican immigrants had a lot of hardships, and through it, were still in favor of making change. In addition to Mexican immigrants, Japanese immigrants also suffered through these tough years. The main form of prejudice for this group was racial discrimination. One factor the Japanese dealt with was the Anti-Japanese exclusion movement. Japanese immigrants were labeled as an undesirable race, and were removed from homes, businesses, and communities, through acts of violence, in an attempt to eliminate Japanese immigration. Citizens “were determined to exhaust every power to
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