Chinese American Voices: From the Gold Rush to the Present by Judy Yung

By Judy Yung

Defined by means of others as old fashioned and unique, or as wicked and dangerous, and, extra lately, as profitable and exemplary, the chinese language in the US have hardly ever been requested to explain themselves of their personal phrases. This impressive anthology, a various and illuminating selection of fundamental records and tales by way of chinese language americans, offers an intimate and textured historical past of the chinese language in the United States from their arrival through the California Gold Rush to the current. one of the records are letters, speeches, tales, oral histories, own memoirs, poems, essays, and folksongs; many have by no means been released prior to or were translated into English for the 1st time. they bring about to lifestyles the various voices of immigrants and American-born; employees, retailers, and execs; ministers and scholars; housewives and prostitutes; and neighborhood leaders and activists. jointly, they supply perception into immigration, paintings, relations and social lifestyles, and the longstanding struggle for equality and inclusion. that includes photos and broad introductions to the files written by way of 3 major chinese language American students, this compelling quantity deals a breathtaking standpoint at the chinese language American event and opens new vistas on American social, cultural, and political background.

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The Democrats were especially vicious in their attack, claiming that Chinese workers were being used as tools of monopolies and that they constituted unfair competition to white workers. , and circulated throughout the country. He also called for a public rally to dramatize the issue. On April 5, some twenty thousand people gathered in the largest meeting ever held on the West Coast up to that time to listen to a score of prominent speakers denounce the presence of Chinese in California and their further immigration.

You find us peculiarly peaceable and orderly. It does not cost your State much for our criminal prosecution. We apply less to your courts for redress, and so far as I know, there are none who are a charge upon the State, as paupers. You say that “gold, with its talismanic power, has overcome those natural 1. Norman Asing may indeed have been a naturalized citizen because although the 1790 Naturalization Law limited naturalization to “free white persons,” some eastern courts were willing to naturalize Chinese.

The reason why so few of our families are brought to this country is, because it is contrary to the custom and against the inclination of virtuous Chinese women to go so far from home, and because the frequent chinese six companies 21 outbursts of popular indignation against our people have not encouraged us to bring our families with us against their will. Quite a number of Chinese prostitutes have been brought to this country by unprincipled Chinamen, but these, at first, were brought from China at the instigation and for the gratification of white men.

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