Strangers from a Different Shore: A History of Asian Americans - Chapter 3, pg. 79-112 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 3, pg. 79-112 Summary and Analysis

Many Chinese immigrants settled in California. They engaged in a variety of occupations. Many came for the Gold Mountain or the gold mining. Eventually, their different customs, language and educations were considered a threat to mining districts. A foreign miners' license tax was imposed in May 1852. It applied to Chinese who did not plan on becoming citizens. Other taxes were imposed and the purpose of these taxes was exclusion of the Chinese, not revenue.

Many Chinese independent prospectors joined grounds and formed their own companies. As the Chinese left the mining industry, many worked in the industrial sectors of cities. Fifty Chinese were hired to work on the railroad in February 1865. Two years later, there were twelve thousand Chinese workers at the Central Pacific Railroad. They eventually staged a strike for higher wages. They returned to work...

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