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Unformatted text preview: HILD 7B LECTURE 1.18.08 A. Immigration & Commerce- immigration is a form of international commerce so only federal government can regulate it- Burlingame Treaty: “inherent and inalienable right of man to change his home and allegiance”- “free migration and emigration”- “purposes of curiosity, of trade, or as permanent residents”- “nothing contained herein shall be held to confer nationalization” B. Anti-Chinese Politics & Legislation- themes that stimulated and justified:- labor competition: white businessmen, doctors, politicians etc invited to speak at congressional hearings- blamed Chinese for large employer profit from low wages- vice zones: areas where they live = racialized space, sites of immorality & depravity (opium dens; about concentration of activities)- non-Christian religion: test of freedom of religion “heathen” thus adultery- Chinese men not freely able to give allegiance to secular authority; unable to participate in American democracy- politically subject to rule of emperor: similar to idea that Catholics hold allegiance to the Pope...
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- Winter '08
- Chinese men, Chinese American history, History of immigration to the United States, United States federal immigration and nationality legislation, Chinese Exclusion Law