Chinese Immigration to the United States

1692 WordsFeb 19, 20187 Pages
From 1849 through the start of the 20th century, the first Chinese who immigrated to the United States struggled with many challenges against their race and objectives. They traveled abroad with hopes of returning to their home country with wealth and power to support the family that remained in China. Introduced as aliens with a culture and lifestyle that was different from the American race, the Chinese were given the impressions as an inferior group of people and were seen as threats to the Americans’ job securities. In 1860, immigration numbers augmented rapidly when the Central Pacific Railroad Company requested workers to build the western segment of the Transcontinental Railroad (stretches from California to Utah). By 1870, the census counted 49, 310 Chinese in California, making up about 8.5 percent of the state’s population. Many Americans saw the increasing numbers of the Chinese living in California as a spreading disease. Bayard Talor, a 19th century American poet, described the Chinese as “morally, the most debased people on the face of the earth. Their touch is pollution, … and [they] should not be allowed to settle on our soil.” Determined to rid the country of this “pollution,” Americans sought methods to terminate their entry to the Western border states, specifically California. Throughout the later decades of the 19th century, the Californian government enforced laws that limited Chinese rights, and with each one, a tighter reign was drawn on the
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