When and Where I Enter notes

When and Where I Enter notes - "When and Where I...

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“When and Where I Enter” – Gary Okihiro - Angel Island was main port of entry for Chinese Americans (1910-1940) - 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act – Prohibited entry to Chinese workers - Statue of Liberty - > stood forever as a warning against lawlessness and anarachy, pledge of friendship - Creveoceur thought that people could become American by letting go of old prejudices/receiving new manners that he embraces and the new government he obeys o “Individuals of all nations are melted into a new race of men” (melting pot) - John Jay: Americans have to be descended from the same ancestors, speak the same language, profess the same religion” - Although the melting pot led to the construction of RR, roads, etc…and unified people, Asians were excluded o Now the Statue of Liberty admonished and repelled those who would endanger America - 1790 Naturalization Act” only free white people could come in - 1870: people of African descent could enter - 1943: Chinese could enter - 1954: racial criterion eliminated
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