History 2

History 2

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  • Even though the U.S. wasn't what they expected it to be, they decided to stay there. Yao's father kept working as a merchant and she went looking for employment since she was an adult and had recently finished school.
  • They usually stayed near people like them since it was easier. They didn't know much English but they did fine when around other people from China.
  • Eventually, she found work as a launderer. Her brother did the same so they could bring home extra money. 
  • (Yao is 22 and her brother is 3 years older than her.)
  • In 1882, the Chinese Exclusion Act was passed.  It was passed by U.S. President Chester A Arthur and it prohibited the immigration of Chinese laborers for 10 years. 
  • This was both expected and unexpected to Yao's family. The Chinese Exclusion Act contradicted the Burlingame Treaty of 1868 which guaranteed the right of immigration but not naturalization. 
  • In 1888, The Scott Act was passed. It prohibited the Chinese from re-entering the United States after temporary leave. This means that they were forced to either stay in the U.S. or leave without ever returning.
  • Yao's father could no longer go in and out of America and they couldn't visit the other members of their family that had stayed behind.
  • Yao's family had to resort to sending over letters and money.
  • Eventually, the 10 years were over and it seemed as if the Chinese Exclusion Act would be lifted.
  • Because of the Geary Act, all Chinese residents had to carry a resident permit. If they didn't they could get deported or be forced to do hard labor for a year.
  • Unfortunately, that wasn't the case. The Chinese Exclusion Act had been extended because of the Geary Act that was passed on May 5, 1892.
  • Yao and her family decided to stay in America despite the discrimination and hardships.
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