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Angel Island


Capitalist's Exploitation of Immigrants
"The two societies can be rather simply characterized: on the American side, as one that stresses individual enterprise, which is expansive; and on the Chinese side, as a society that stresses the collective social order, which is resistant."1 America is said to have been founded by the white settlers and capitalists. In truth, these presumed pioneers used immigrants to fulfill their needs and desires. Capitalists and businesses created deceptive propaganda in order to exploit the Asian and European immigrants to the American Dream.
The American Dream portrayed the Constitution's promise of equal opportunity to all immigrants. To the Chinese, ...

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Chinese to arrive on U.S. soil were treated favorably the American government and were welcomed in California. The Chinese conception then was to immigrate temporarily and return home after reaping the rewards of the American Dream. Most Chinese came from the province called Kwangtung and possessed similar interests and ideas. Immigrants originally traveled to Hong Kong and then to America by way of a ticket-credit system. This was the only way families could afford the expensive journey and essentially the Chinese were becoming indentured servants to buy their passage. A trip to America could cost fifty dollars, but at the pinnacle of the Gold Rush frenzy, captains and agents would price the trip at two-hundred dollars or more. There were less than a hundred people from China by 1853; however, the large influxes began in 1854, where thirteen-thousand immigrants traveled by ship in search of gold. It was not until these great influxes that Americans started to notice their Far ...

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many parts of the United States. The largest, most important one was located in San Francisco. Daily life in the city life was competitive and anxious. Being extremely distinct from other nationalities, Chinese inhabitants were easily picked out of crowds. They wore blue cotton shirts, baggy pants, wooden shoes, big jackets, and huge basket hats with queues hanging down their back. The Chinese stood out like none other in a society dominated by whites. At the beginning, one would see men alone on the streets because Asian women weren't allowed to travel to the United States. Chinatown became known as "the bachelor society." The main reason the American government enacted laws ...

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Added: 11/12/2008 08:10:15 PM
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