Chinese Immigrants Of Los Angeles

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Chinese Immigrants in Los Angeles The Chinese immigrant is one of the largest group in the United States. Looking back the history of U.S., most people believe that the first Chinese immigrants came to California during the Gold Rush period. Also, the Chinese community is one of the largest and oldest ethnic group of Asian Americans. Some researchers consider the history of ethnic Chinese in Southern California relates to three periods. In my opinion, I would like to say that there are four major waves which the first wave begins in the 19th century, the second wave occurs in the 1940s to 1980s, the third wave happens during the 1980s, and the last wave arises in a recent decade year. The first wave begins in the 19th century. There is evidence shows that the first Chinese immigrant in Los Angeles comes from the Northern California because of the Gold Rush and the railroads construction. In the book, The Los Angeles Plaza: Sacred and Contested Space, William David Estrada writes, “The rise of the Chinese community of Los Angeles was an outgrowth of larger developments in the United States during the nineteenth century… the Chinese of Los Angeles came to fill an important sector of the economy as entrepreneurs” (p.72.) Estrada also claims that the early work areas that the first Chinese immigrants related. At first, most Chinese work at restaurants, laundries, farms, wholesale stores and casinos. Because of cheap labor, most Chinese can easily find the low-skilled work…

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