As a young girl, I was often in plays at school. I remember singing Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor by Irving Berlin in a play about immigration. I always felt so proud to be an American, where anyone could come to our country and make a new life for themselves. After all, everyone one of us descended from immigrants after all, right?
Those memories prompted me to dig into the past about immigration, especially Chinese immigrants since their history is so fascinating. For instance, did you know that the Chinese were a big part of the migration to California during the Gold Rush? They made a significant impact, according to this article from PBS.
When Chinese miners sent their gold home, their families quickly assumed a prominent new place. Women married to successful miners were called “gold mountain wives.” As they built new houses, they were subject to gossip and envy. Rarely did stories about the hard work and the daily discrimination faced by Chinese in America find their way across the Pacific. By 1870 there were 63,000 Chinese in the U.S., 77% of whom were in California. That year, Chinese miners contributed more than $5 million to state’s coffers through the Foreign Miners Tax, almost one-quarter of state’s revenue.
Another huge contribution made by Chinese immigrants was the building of the Transcontinental Railroad. This article from the New American Economy discusses the importance of the railroad in American history and states that ‘by the time of its completion and opening on May 10, 1869, 90 percent of the workers who built the railroad were Chinese immigrants.‘
Unfortunately, you can’t complete a discussion of immigration without including the darker side. The Chinese were victimized unmercifully back in the days they began immigrating to the US, and those prejudices are often still found today, even though we say we are enlightened. Too bad there are always some bad apples that spoil the harvest.
If you are a Chinese immigrant who needs help with an immigration issue, or you are a history buff who just wants to learn more about current Chinese immigration laws and the rights of Chinese immigrants, you would do well to check out what Jean Danhong Chen has to say on the subject.
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