Strangers from a Different Shore: A History of Asian Americans - Chapter 3, pgs. 112-131 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 3, pgs. 112-131 Summary and Analysis

The Chinese immigrants were subject to prejudice and immigration. They were represented by an association known as the Chinese Six Companies, who protested the treatment of Chinese, claiming they made a valuable contribution to America. There were protests and lawsuits regarding the prohibitions of citizenship for Chinese and the imposition of special taxes on them.

Even though federal law and treaties guaranteed equal rights and equal protection, the Chinese remained victimized. They claimed that they were preferred as workers because they were good workers, not because they worked for low wages. Many Chinese found themselves victimized by violence and discrimination, and while working for low wages, they accumulated debt. The Chinese Six Companies points out that very few Chinese could afford to return to China.

The Chinese built Chinatown in San Francisco, where they lived according to...

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