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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