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Chinese Exclusion Act 1882
Chinese Exclusion Act 1882, “the country’s first major immigration law” (Chan, 2018) reminds me of the flipped side of the immigrant’s coin. It is the “chilling part of Asian-American history” (Chan, 2018), that highlights the inhuman behavior “that singled out and blocked a specific ethnicity group” (Chan, 2018). Despite the low ratio “composed only .002 percent of the nation's population” (Staff, 2018), the Chinese face extreme violence. Congress passed this law to attain “racial purity” (Staff, 2018) which was a vague argument. Americans tried their best to stop the Chinese but failed in front of merchants, Government officials, students, teachers, and tourists. The essay will evaluate the contributing factors behind the Chinese Exclusion Act, its impact on the immigrants’ life from history to the current status, the dilemma of discrimination and cultural difference, and an illegal way to reside in America to meet their life needs.