Overview of Chinese Immigration

Chinese Immigration to the US in the 1800s

“Asians resisted their exclusion and marginalization and thereby enlarged the range and deepened the meaning of American democracy.” Gary Okihiro, Margins in the Mainstream
This lesson series will analyze and link Chinese immigration policies in the US in the 19th century and the attitudes that produced such discriminatory policies as origins to modern perceptions of Asians as the “perpetual foreigners”.

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  1. Establish a baseline history of Chinese immigration and the steps taken by Congress to limit the Chinese in the 1800s.
  2. Examine historical context for immigration struggles in the 1800s to show that Chinese and Chinese Americans were the first to take steps against prejudicial ordinances.
  3. Break down the Wong Kim Ark court case, a land mark Supreme Court case, in which the Supreme Court made a judicial decision on what it meant to be a natural born citizen of the United States and discuss the relationship between birthplace and citizenship.
  4. Examine how Asians are given the “perpetual foreigner” label but frequently are left out of conversations on immigration.

Each post will tackle an objective and invite you to reflect on the information presented within them.

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