Chinese Immigration

Traces the immigration to America from China in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Chinese-born immigrants flocked to new opportunities in the United States during the second half of the nineteenth century, but a buildup of gradual racial and economic tensions caused the number of Chinese residents in America to decrease drastically. By 1920, the U.S. Chinese population dropped to nearly half what it had been in 1890. This paper traces who the immigrants were, how and why they came to the United States and events leading to passage of the 1882 Chinese Exculsion Act, which made Chinese laborers the first ethnic group to be banned from entering the United States.