Like other immigrant groups, the Chinese came to North America in search
of a better life. They sought to escape poverty and a harsh government. During
the 19th century, hardworking Chinese immigrants helped build America's railroads
and mine gold and silver. However, they often suffered persecution at the
hands of white Americans, many of whom feared that the Chinese would take
their jobs. In 1882, the U.S. Congress passed a law designed to restrict immigration
from China. Further legislation virtually shut off Chinese immigration
in the 1920s. Still, Chinese Americans found ways to prosper.
This book explores the experiences of Chinese immigrants in North
America, from the earliest arrivals to the Chinese Americans' place today as a
thriving segment of the population.
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