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AN ASIAN AMERICAN TIMELINE (Page 1/5)

1847
4/12: First group of 3 Chinese students arrives in NYC.

1848
1/24: Discovery of gold at Sutter’s Creek, CA. The news of “Gold Mountain” attracts Chinese immigrants dreaming of a better life.
2/2: 2 men and a woman are brought on the brig EAGLE to become the first Chinese in San Francisco.

1852
1/3: 95 Sugar companies recruit Chinese from Amoy to come to Hawaii.
3/30: Chinese workers being shipped to San Francisco mutiny on the Robert Browne, drawing attention to the “coolie trade”.

1867
6/24: Harsh treatment by overseers who whip laborers and restrain them from seeking other work provokes a strike for better wages, hours and conditions by 5,000 – 7,000 working on the transcontinental railroad.

1868
7/31: The Burlingame-Seward Treaty allows free immigration between U.S. and China.

1869
5/10: Central Pacific Railroad and Union Pacific Railroad meet at Promontory, Utah. An estimated 90% of the track from Sacramento to Promontory was laid by Chinese workers, but official group photos of laborers fail to include them.
5/27: 1st group of several dozen Japanese immigrants arrive on the U.S. mainland to establish the Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Farm Colony in Calif.
7/13: Plantation owners hold a conference in Memphis, TN and propose substituting Chinese labor for black slaves.

1870
7/29: Targetting Chinese, San Francisco’s Cubic Air Ordinance requires dwellings to provide 500 square feet per every adult.

1871
10/23: Nineteen Chinese are killed in an anti-Chinese riot in Los Angeles. There is evidence to suggest the riots were instigated by local business interests.

1872
Jan 1: California repeals laws forbidding Chinese from testifying against Whites.

1880
6/9: In re Ah Chong the US Circuit Court of Calif rules that prohibiting fishing by all non-voters is unconstitutional.

1882
4/8: Chinese Exclusion Act suspends immigration of Chinese laborers to the U.S.
5/22: Treaty of Amity and Commerce lets Coreans immigrate to the U.S. 1885
2/8: Large scale immigration of Japanese contract laboreres to Hawaii begins. 1/5 of the first ship were women.
8/24: San Francisco laundryman Yick Ho petitions the Supreme Court which strikes down as unconstitutional city ordinances aimed at restricting Chinese laundry businesses.
11/30: Congress prohibits contract labor.

1886
2/8: Anti-Chinese riot drives residents from Seattle.

1887
5/27: Start of a brutal 2-day massacre of 34 Chinese miners in Snake River, OR. Covered up by officials, the case was not discovered until 1995.

1888
10/11: Scott Act prohibits the return of Chinese laborers who have departed the U.S. At the time, over 20,000 Chinese workers had temporarily left the U.S., expecting to reenter.

1891
7/24: In Nishimura vs U.S., the Supreme Court rules that inspectors are not obligated to take tstimony from aliens entering the U.S.

1892
5/15: The Chinese community raises money to help finance Fong Yue-Ting vs U.S. to test the constutionality of the Geary Act, which allows deportation of Chinese when caught not carrying a certificate of residence. The Act also renewed exclusion of Chinese laborers for 10 years. It was ultimately upheld.

1897
7/1: To discourage Japanese immigration, Hawaii’s Sake Bill raises tariffs on beverages not derived from grape juice.

1898
3/28: Wong Kim Ark, born of Chinese parents, becomes the title of a Supreme Court opinion establishing that a person born in the U.S. is a citizen regardless of parentage. Next

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