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Chinese American Immigration

Many Chinese had come to the western United States in the mid-1800s to mine gold and help build the railroads. However, the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 suspended immigration from China and made Chinese immigrants ineligible for U.S. citizenship. When labor organizations began to pressure industries not to hire Chinese workers lest they take jobs away from white Americans, Chinese laundries and other small businesses provided the Chinese community with much-needed employment as well as services.

 



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