Chinese19thcentury

Chinese19thcentury - Chinese Immigration and Labor in the...

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Chinese Immigration and Labor in the 19 th century America Takaki Chapter 3 Forced to become “strangers” by economic interests white society Assimilation never a choice Chinese Immigration and Labor in the 19 th century 0. Demands of white capitalist for a colonized labor force 1. Ethnic antagonism of white worker and economic competition 2. Racial ideology of America as homogenous white society 3. Pattern of discriminatory treatment set as racialized group, unassimilability Chinese Labor in Gold 4. First major wave Asians to come to America, 1849 5. Called themselves “Gam Saan Haak” travelers to Gold Mountain 6. Independent gold prospectors, placer mining, low tech 7. 20,026 in 1852 8. 2/3 Chinese in California mines Chinese Labor in railroads 9. 1865 Central Pacific Railroad employed 15,000 Chinese 10.1869 completed 11.90% of entire workforce 12.Cheaper labor than white workers 13.Hard labor, clear trees, handle explosives for boring tunnels, lay track
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14.Struck for higher wages, e.g. 8hr/day
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This note was uploaded on 04/20/2008 for the course AAS 033A taught by Professor Ehabal during the Spring '08 term at San Jose State.

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