TITLE

Chapter 3: Coming to America

AUTHOR(S)
Lingen, Marissa K.
PUB. DATE
January 2002
SOURCE
Chinese Immigration;2002, p12
SOURCE TYPE
Book
DOC. TYPE
Book Chapter
ABSTRACT
Many Chinese in the late 20th century have found that the desires for political, personal, and religious freedom, as well as greater economic opportunities, are powerful incentives to immigrate to the United States and Canada. Although there have been periods of openness in Chinese immigration to North America, the Chinese have also faced major restrictions, particularly in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. To have a general understanding of the motivations behind these restrictions, as well as the policies that have shaped present-day immigration, it is helpful to take a brief look at the history of immigration to the U.S. and Canada. Historically, race and ethnicity have played a role in legislation to restrict immigration. The Immigration Act of 1924, preceded by the Temporary Quota Act of 1921, set new numerical limits on immigration based on "national origin" in the United States. After the United States barred Chinese railroad workers from settling in the country, Canada encouraged the immigration of Chinese laborers to assist in the building of Canadian railways.
ACCESSION #
12183056

 

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