Chinese Immigration Essay

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The Early Years In the earlier years of the Asian American history, the Gold Rush was what led many Chinese to come to the U.S. They came in hopes to find their wealth and fortune. Once they did they would return to their country with their wealth and fortune. Although many Chinese also came Hawaii to work in the sugarcane plantations. Many worked as small merchants, housekeepers, farmers, grocers, and even as railroad workers on the famous Transcontinental Railroad project. (Le, 2017) From 1882 to 1943 the United States Government severely cut the immigration from China to the United States. The government was concerned about the large numbers of Chinese who had come to the United States. It was caused a raise in competition with American workers. This began the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882.This law suspended the immigration of Chinese laborers for 10 years. Although it did allow the Chinese that were already in the U.S as of November 17, 1880, to stay, travel abroad and even return. The law prohibited the naturalization of Chinese. (Chinese Immigration and the Chinese in the…show more content…
In order to become successful in their respectful industries they had to work long hours and even used family members to work for them for free. Many Asians that owned businesses in different cities throughout the country and even in communities that were populated by different ethnicities. Asian Americans were often accused of taking advantage of their communities by charging high prices, refusing to employ local workers, and treating customers disrespectfully. The hostility raised in many communities and have led to numerous of incidents, most famously the burning of the Korean owned business in the Los Angeles riots in 1992. After the riots, many Asian small business owners made an extra effort to address their complaints and reach out to improve their relationship with the communities. (Le,
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