Discussion on Asian Trade and Immigration, and the French Salon Manet

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Discussion 1: Asian Trade and Immigration It is often said that America's railroads were built on the backs of its Chinese immigrants. "Perhaps the most famous contribution of Chinese immigrants was the construction of the first transcontinental railroad. Chinese immigrants comprised 90% of the 10,000 laborers who laid tracks eastward from Sacramento across the Sierra Nevada and Rocky Mountains to connect with the Union Pacific crews laying tracks across the Great Plains. Railroad entrepreneurs even began a campaign to recruit workers in China" (The Chinese in California, n.d. Library of Congress). Chinese immigrants were willing to undertake the hard labor, simply because they could not find work elsewhere. While Caucasian immigrants were able to profit in the Pacific Northwest through agricultural and entrepreneurial endeavors, because of the racism Chinese immigrants faced, they had few other options to find work other than on the railroads. The 19th century model of economic exchange between the West and Asia was based in inequalities. Asia was seen as a source of inexpensive labor, while the West provided the ideas, capital, and other means to fuel commerce. Furthermore, the target consumer was assumed to be white, given that whites had more income and disposable resources than the Chinese. Today, there has been a profound reversal of this relationship. Japan, for example, is one of the world's major industrial powers, and dominates many segments of the

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