The Story of U.S.
Angel Island by Austin Chin
U.S Attitudes towards Immigrants
At Angel Island, immigrants were faced with year-long waiting times and intense interrogations. Most of the time, Immigrants stayed in their barracks, carving poetry on the wall and waiting for entry. Of the Chinese immigrants, over 30% were deported back to their homes. These ridiculous waiting times were caused by Immigration laws, another obstacle on the journey to the U.S.
Due to the large flocks of Chinese immigrants that had come to the U.S. in previous years, many strict immigration laws were placed, making it much harder to be granted entry into the U.S. The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 completely banned all immigration of Chinese Laborers, leaving a large gap in society. The gap was quickly filled with other asian ethnicities, most notably the Japanese, until the National Origins Act of 1924 restricted Immigration from all countries.
Why Did so Many Asians Immigrate?
Consequences of Migration
Wave of Migration
Economic Hardships- Peasants in Asia moved to America to escape the economic hardship of rural China
Political Instability- The political instability caused by the Chinese Civil War caused many to emigrate away from China.
Economic Improvement- Many immigrate to America to improve their families lives. Wages and job availability were much higher in the U.S, causing many to migrate away from their home towns.
Democratic Government- Many immigrants are attracted to America's freedoms and acceptance of many views.
Higher Education- Many people immigrate to America in order to pursue a better education.