In what year did the Chinese Exclusion Era in Washington State begin?
In 1882, Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act, which prevented Chinese immigrants from entering the US. In WA State, this led to a wave of discrimination and anti-Chinese sentiment that lasted for decades. The state government passed laws to exclude Chinese people from certain jobs, businesses, and even neighborhoods.
The Chinese Exclusion Era in WA State
What do you think was the most impactful part of the Chinese Exclusion Era in Washington State?
- Chinese immigrants were denied the right to own property
- Chinese immigrants faced job discrimination
- Chinese immigrants were denied the right to vote
- Chinese immigrants were denied the right to public education
During the Chinese Exclusion Era in WA State, Chinese immigrants were not allowed to own land and were excluded from the areas where white settlers lived. During the Chinese Exclusion Era, Chinese immigrants were forced to pay a special head tax in order to enter the United States. The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 was the first law to ever restrict immigration into the United States.
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What were the primary reasons for the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882?
What were the effects of the Chinese Exclusion Act on Washington State? Open legal, racism towards one group.
That is a long-term effect.
In Tacoma, a decade-long search for descendants of the Tacoma Chinese has yielded none.
What do you think were some of the impacts of the Chinese Exclusion Act on Chinese workers and their families in Washington State?
How did the Chinese Exclusion Act shape your understanding of the role of immigrants in WA state.?
SOLUTION TIME: What do you think should be done to ensure that this immigration discrimination lasting 60 years [Chinese Exclusion Era] is NOT repeated?
Do you think the C.E.A. affected other Asian groups?