What was Chinese immigration like ?

By: Dechanta Lindsey

When did the Chinese start coming to the U.S?

Chinese immigration can be divided into three periods: 1849-1882, 1882-1965, and 1965 to the present. The first period began shortly after the California Gold Rush and ended abruptly with the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. (Chinese population got to at least 110,000 1849-1882

Why did the Chinese start coming to the U.S?

Chinese people came to America looking to get rich and hopes to bring back money to their poor families. Another reason is Chinese people thought America represented freedom to them.

How did Chinese people get to the U.S?

They came on boats and trains to get to the U.S. The most popular place was California that where all the Chinese people would go

What US immigration laws or policies were in effect at the time of the Chinese migration?

When they first were coming to the U.S there was a law restricting Chinese migration.The Chinese Exclusion Act was a U.S federal law signed by President Chester Author on May 6, 1882. It was one of the most significant restrictions on free immigration in US history, prohibiting all immigration of Chinese laborers. The Chinese Exclusion Act was the first law implemented to prevent a specific ethnic group from immigrating to the United States. It was finally repealed by the Magsun act t on December 17, 1943.

How many members of the U.S were there ? How was the Chinese treated in America? Where did the group settle?

  • In 2013, 54% percent of the approximately 2.1 Chinese immigrants residing in the United States
  • Most Americans did not like the Chinese cause they thought they were too different. At the same time in America there was a whole bunch of white people who did not like other races coming to America.The nickname they gave Chinese was yellow.
  • The part where the population of Chinese was most , was in California.

Jobs found!

In the U.S it was easy to find jobs.( As laborers). The job that most chinese found was being farmers.