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Mei Ling and her husband Lei Haung felt it was time to go to america. Lei Haung was facing complications at work (as he was a farmer) with crop failure. They also like the idea of religious freedom because they were among some of the only Christians in their village and they wanted more economic opportunity so they can become more than lowly farmers
We have to move
they took a boat with many others like them on a crowded boat in the rain. many fell ill on the trip but they were excited to arrive at their new home, in the New England area.
Adventure is waiting for us in America
After arriving the immigrants had to stand in long lines in order to be evaluated for disease. They would not let them in it they had diseases
Most Chinese men went to work in the mine. A small fraction of miners were African Americans and white. the miners worked long hours under dangerous conditions with the fear that the mountain could collapse on them any second. The gold was difficult to get because it was the gold that was left over from the gold rush that none of the white men wanted to try to get. The Chinese were used to this kind of back breaking work back home and were up for the challenge even though they weren't being payed much.
The New England area is in northern America so naturally they had moderate summers and brutal winters. Food was harder to come by in the winter as the crops can't grow and livestock aren't reproducing so they have to store the crops to eat.
As immigrants, they faced many challenges. They were discriminated against, didn't have a lot of rights, and good paying jobs were hard to come by as people didn't pay immigrants a lot of money. Also since they were not used to the germs that were over here people got sick and died.
Go now you swine!
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