AN ASIAN AMERICAN TIMELINE
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4/4: Japanese sugar plantation workers on Lahaina in Hawaii go on strike
and win most demands, including a 9-hour workday.
6/14: Hawaii's Organic Act gives native Hawaiians the right to vote, but excludes
persons of Asian origin. The Organic Act also makes U.S. laws applicable in
the islands, thus ending contract labor.
3/18: In Sung vs U.S. the Supreme Court rules that unreasonable search and seizure, cruel
and unusual punishment, and trial without jury are acceptable in deportation proceedings.
1/13: The first large group of Corean immigrants arrives in Hawaii to work for
2/11: Japanese and Mexican farmworkers join in Oxnard, CA to form the
Japanese-Mexican Labor Association. 1,500 sugar beet workers go on strike.
4/6: In Kaoru vs Fisher. the Supreme Court rules that poor immigrants likely to become
public charges can be taken into custody.
11/3 One hundred young Filipinos arrive in California to receive their education.
5/14: Establishment of Japanese and Corean Exclusion League in San
Francisco, eventually becomes the Asiatic Exclusion League in 1908.
4/18: San Francisco earthquake destroys most municipal records, opening up
the way for Chinese "paper sons" to immigrate.
10/11: SF Board of Education votes to exclude Japanese, Corean, and Chinese
children from public school. The children were to have been sent to Oriental Public
School but are kept home by their parents.
2/20: An Executive order by Teddy Roosevelt bars Japanese and Corean workers from entry
via Mexico, Canada or Hawaii.
5/9: Several hundred Japanese plantation workers strike in Hawaii.
The strike grows to include 7,000 Hawaiian workers.
11/29: After a 4-months strike, the system of setting wages by
nationality is abolished.
1/21: Angel Island officially opens.
11/21: Arrival in Hawaii of the 1st Corean picture bride, Sara Choe.
3/11: In Tun vs Edsell American born Tang Tun is refused re-entry by the
5/19: California's Alien Land Law prohibits Asians from owning land.
10/14: Takao Ozawa files application for US citizenship to begin a test case
that goes to the Supreme Court. whhich holds that Ozawa is not entitled to
citizenship becaues he is neither White nor African.
2/5: The immigration of South and Southeast Asian immigrants are barred by the establishment of the Asiatic Barred Zone.
1/19: Oahu sugar workers strike for better wages, conditions and paid
maternity leave. 1,000 Filipino and Japanese join the strike.
2/20: The Corean School of Aviation established in Willow, CA to train fighters
for Corean independence.
3/1: To appease U.S. exclusionists, Japan stops issuing passports to picture
6/7: In Kwock Jan Fat vs White the Supreme Court rules that aliens seeking to immigrate
have the right to a fair hearing.
5/9: The Quota Immigration Act limits new entrants to 3% of the 1910 census
sorted by national origin.
7/19: An armed mob of 150 drives Japanese farm workers out of Turlock,
5/29: In Ho vs White the Supreme Court holds that Congress has the right to deport
"dangerous" aliens, that the alien must prove citizenship to remain in
the U.S. and that they can be detained for trial.
2/19: In U.S. vs Bhagat Singh Thind the Supreme Court rules that Asian Indians are
ineligible for citizinship.
6/18: With a knockout in a NYC match Filipino boxer Francisco Guilledo becomes
flyweight champion of the world.
5/26: The National Origins Act excludes immigration of all Asian laborers.
Filipinos, considered colonial subjects of the U.S., are exempted.
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