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A Brief Summary of the Chinese Exclusion Act

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Racist Ad From 1886

Here is an 1886 advertisement displaying the racist attitude towards the Chinese people (not to mention, the prejudice surrounding Chinese culture) at the time. This advert came only four years after the extremely racist legislation.

Here is an 1886 advertisement displaying the racist attitude towards the Chinese people (not to mention, the prejudice surrounding Chinese culture) at the time. This advert came only four years after the extremely racist legislation.

A Brief Summary of the Chinese Exclusion Act

The Chinese Exclusion Act (CEA) was a law that was introduced by the United States (US) Congress in 1882. (Kil 663) Of special note, “President Chester A. Arthur signed it into law” himself. (Kil 663) This was not the only (US) president to manifest negative feelings of the Chinese immigrants. President Garfield was among those who felt that Chinese immigration was a possible concern. (Chin 9-10)

The CEA pressed into motion similar Chinese prohibitions as “[s]tate governments across the American West quickly followed… to pass their own restrictions on the Chinese.” (Chin 9) Prior to the CEA in 1875, one potential influence of the CEA, the Page Law kept Chinese women from entering the US. (Kil 665)

The CEA was a historical event in regards to racism; this mandate “was the first time in US American history that a policy was adopted to exclude immigrants based on their race and nationality.” (Kil 663) Such a similar racist mentality is still alive today. It has been noted that “[a]lthough the specific language and target of racist nativism has changed over time, similar themes still reverberate in the contemporary anti-immigrant in the USA as” was active around the times of the CEA. (Kil 675)

The nature of the CEA was loathsome. This legislation was close to the mentalities of those in high authority during this time, similar laws surrounded it, and the CEA was historical in relation to racism and law. The youth of modern US society should meditate on such laws as this, the implications of this, and if these laws are truly in accordance with the collective consciousness of the American peoples.

Works Cited

Chin, Philip. “The Chinese Exclusion Act Of 1882.” Chinese American Forum 28.3 (2013): 8-13. Academic Search Premier. Web. 7 Feb. 2017.

Kil, Sang Hea. “Fearing Yellow, Imagining White: Media Analysis Of The Chinese Exclusion Act Of 1882.” Social Identities 18.6 (2012): 663-677. Academic Search Premier. Web. 7 Feb. 2017.

Have you ever been subject to prejudice?

© 2019 Alexander James Guckenberger

Comments

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on April 15, 2019:

Alexander, lets learn more today. Whahoo!

Alexander James Guckenberger (author) from Maryland, United States of America on April 15, 2019:

I like your passion. That's a virtue in my mind. By the way, one of my best friends is Italian. He's more Italian and I'm more German, but our necks are almost just as red. XD

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on April 14, 2019:

Nope my friend. This home does not do "good" we kick ass and do great. A wild battle today. So Italian though I wonder. You read great. Get your job done.

Let us die to make men holy and live to make men free!! Our words are a sailor's sword.

Alexander James Guckenberger (author) from Maryland, United States of America on April 14, 2019:

Eric, it gets sad sometimes. I often date outside of my own race too, and the discrimination gets crazy. I feel your struggle. I hope you had a good Sabbath though. :)

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on April 14, 2019:

Oops. I maybe missed a point. I teach my children from Chinese to Slavery to Native Americans. I live 5 or less miles from our border and my wife is discriminated against for being her race, immigrant.

I do not mean to denegrate your points -- let us highlight them!! Bring awareness, so if we do not do learning our past we are screwed.

Fully respect to you.

Alexander James Guckenberger (author) from Maryland, United States of America on April 13, 2019:

Brother Eric, I wanted to also add that we all miss things when studying history and American law. There are hundreds of thousands of books written on these subjects.

Alexander James Guckenberger (author) from Maryland, United States of America on April 13, 2019:

No no no; our history is muddied, but this is still the greatest nation to have ever existed. I love this country and our troups. That doesn't mean that we should ignore the darker parts of our past, as individuals nor as a nation. In fact, my own biological father is in the US Army, and I am very proud of him for that. Iranians are sometimes called "Persians" by race. Persians and Indians were once part of a single race, known as the "Aryans".

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on April 13, 2019:

Maybe I missed something in studying history. I thought we just precluded people from China. Not even race but a contrary radicalization. I think we preclude with very few exceptions, Iranians. What race is an Iranian? Should we preclude a national origin because they take away jobs like working on a railway from citizens?

You seem to think this is a slam dunk case against the USA for racism. You probably are wrong. Although anyone can cite crazies from any where.

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