At America's Gates: Chinese Immigration during the Exclusion by Erika Lee

By Erika Lee

With the chinese language Exclusion Act of 1882, chinese language workers grew to become the 1st workforce in American heritage to be excluded from the USA at the foundation in their race and sophistication. This landmark legislation replaced the process U.S. immigration historical past, yet we all know little approximately its effects for the chinese language in the USA or for the USA as a state of immigrants.

At America's Gates is the 1st booklet dedicated totally to either chinese language immigrants and the yank immigration officers who sought to maintain them out. Erika Lee explores how chinese language exclusion legislation not just remodeled chinese language American lives, immigration styles, identities, and households but in addition recast the U.S. right into a ''gatekeeping nation.'' Immigrant id, border enforcement, surveillance, and deportation rules have been prolonged some distance past any controls that had existed within the usa prior to.

Drawing on a wealthy trove of old sources--including lately published immigration documents, oral histories, interviews, and letters--Lee brings alive the forgotten trips, secrets and techniques, hardships, and triumphs of chinese language immigrants. Her well timed publication exposes the legacy of chinese language exclusion in present American immigration keep an eye on and race family.

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Through the admission and exclusion of foreigners, the United States both asserted its sovereignty and reinforced its identity as a nation. Immigration patterns and immigrant communities were profoundly changed by the new laws and the ways in which they were enforced. ’’ But gatekeeping is not only a form of state action. It is a result of interactions between immigrants and the state. Even those groups who were most affected by immigration restriction played active roles in challenging, negotiating, and shaping the new gatekeeping nation.

Sbarboro (an Italian immigrant/Italian American himself), president of the Manufacturers’ and Producers’ Association, declared that in California, we want the Englishman, who brings with him capital, industry and enterprise; the Irish who build and populate our cities; the Frenchmen, with his vivacity and love of liberty; the industrious and thrifty Italians, who cultivate the fruit, olives, and vines—who come with poetry and music from the classic land of Virgil; the Teutonic race, strong, patient, and frugal; the Swedes, Slavs, and Belgians; we want all good people from all parts of Europe.

Mexican border, which facilitated migration to and from the United States. -Mexican relations, racialized Mexicans as inferiors, and structured Mexican immigrant and Mexican American life within the United States in ways that contrasted sharply with the lives of other immigrant groups. 69 The significant differences in the ways that these immigrant groups were viewed functioned to shape both immigration regulation and immigrant life in distinct ways. Still, the rhetoric and tools of gatekeeping were instrumental in defining the issues for all immigrants and set important precedents for twentieth-century immigration.

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