Chinese Immigration Project

By: Sonia Leon- Ramirez & Roberto Carrillo

When, why, and how did the Chinese come to the United States?

  • When?

Chinese migration took place over two parts: the first wave of Chinese migrants was in the 1850's to 1880's. The second was from the late 1970's to the present.

  • Why?

The citizens of China were dissatisfied with the government and economic pressures, these are the main reasons that thousands of migrants moved to the western regions of the U.S.A.

  • How?

Chinese immigrants went on a 3 week journey by ship across the Pacific Ocean.

(Liang, Yvonne. & Hooper, Kate)

Laws in effect at the time...

  1. Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882- this act prohibited Chinese people to work in the United States and stopped Chinese residents from obtaining U.S citizenship
  2. Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965- this act maintained the U.S immigration system and expanded migration opportunities for non- European immigrants

(Hooper, Kate)

How many Chinese Immigrants came to the United States?

Hong Kong residents started moving to the United States in 1960's, there was a total of 85,000 Honk Kong immigrants in the U.S. The number of immigrants doubled from 299,000 in 1980 to 536,000 in 1990. (Hooper, Kate)
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How were they treated by the US?

They were discriminated for their ethnic backgrounds, they also had the right to become citizens taken away due to the Chinese-Exclusion act. This act also prohibited Chinese labor migration. (Hooper, Kate)
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Where did the group settled and what type of jobs did they take?

They mostly settled in metropolitan cities like New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

The jobs that they mostly found and took were low-skilled jobs such as mining, construction, agriculture and manufacturing. ( Hooper, Kate )

Contributions and Influence made by the Chinese

Chinese tend to have a higher educational attainment compared to other foreign and native born populations. More likely to be employed in management, business, and science occupations. ( Hooper, Kate )

Parenthetical Citations

Liang, Yvonne. "The History of Chinese Immigration to the U.S." The History of Chinese Immigration to the U.S. Yvonne Liang, n.d. Web. 26 Jan. 2016.

Hooper, Kate, and Jeanne Batalova. "Chinese Immigrants in the United States." N.p., 27 Jan. 2015. Web. 01 Feb. 2016.

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"Immigration." Immigration. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Feb. 2016.

Cheng, Dean. "The Complicated History of U.S. Relations with China." The Heritage Foundation. N.p., 11 Oct. 2012. Web. 03 Feb. 2016.