Chinese immigration started during the gold rush. Chinese immigrants travelled across the Pacific to America in search of new economic opportunities. However when they arrived they were treated differently. They were categorized as different by the government and were never accepted into the free working class as they were considered to be coolies or slave workers, even though these immigrants made the journey on their own free will. Commentators oppose the Chinese exclusion because of the different treatment rendered to Chinese laborers in society by the government and white working class, the lack of acceptance into society because of the racial difference and legislations introduced by the government on the basis of race and class in order to protect white man’s interest in society.
Chinese laborers prior to 1881 were part of the working class in America, which consisted of various other immigrants. According to senator George Hoar, in 1881 out of the 720,045 immigrants only 20,711 were Chinese (DOC 3). The following statistics shows the fact that Chinese men were singled out from larger working class. The Senator goes on to say, “there are as many pure blooded Gypsies wandering about the country as there are Chinese in California.” (doc 3). Such statements by the Senator show that Chinese were part of an ethnic minority in America and as much part of the working class as any other immigrant residing in America during that period. Until 1873, the supreme court of California did not provide any protection to Chinese immigrants. (pg 6 R lee). Furthermore, immigration laws against only Chinese were made stricter preventing them from having the resources to bring their family to United States of America. This p...
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...le labor, therefore they did not have many rights, while other working class members like African Americans or white Irish immigrants both despised the Chinese and regarded them as foreign aliens invading their land. This ultimately led to the Chinese Exclusion act of 1882 due to the high anti Chinese sentiments, which curbed all human rights because Chinese were not racially or socially acceptable people for the American society. Therefore Chinese were driven out of the country due to race and class that was unconstitutional. This gave rise to a group of people such as Senator George Hoar or the group Chinese Equal Rights League who believed the Chinese immigrants were treated unfairly and unjustly due to their lack of human rights. Ultimately the Chinese exclusion act was dismissed but not until Chinese people knew they would never be accepted by white Americans.
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