Chinese Immigration & the Gold Rush
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The year is 1849, and 22 year old Bai is at his homeland in Guangxi, China with his younger brother.
All of this flooding from the Yangtze river is ruining our crop!
This famine is convincing me to leave and go to California to mine gold.
The famine, poor economy, and flooding drove out the first 325 immigrants known as the "Forty-Niners". They were headed to "Gold Mountain" AKA California because they heard news of the gold rush.
They had finally arrived after a long journey. They were all so excited to get to work and take advantage of these opportunitues
The white miners werent too happy about all of these foreginers coming and "taking" their jobs. They treated them poorly and unequally.
there's no way I'm working with them.
California then put a tax on all foreigners called "The Foreign Miners Tax" in 1852. They were required to pay 25$ a month while the whites did not.
In total about 300,000 immigrants came from China to the United States. They faced racism and inequality for better living conditions.
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