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“Racism or Solidarity? Unions and Asian Immigrant Workers” by Glenn Omatsu talks of how historically Asian Americans have been excluded from labor unions. Unions were founded on the basis of racism and would not allow immigrants to be included. This is illustrated well in the building of the transcontinental railroad. The Chinese dealt with deplorable conditions and even though they led one the first organized labor strikes, they were in the end defeated. These conditions held throughout the rest of the nineteenth and early twentieth century the working place was difficult for all races. Asians to combat this since they had no allies banded together to form organizations such as The Chinese Workers’ Mutual Aid Association founded in San Francisco’s Chinatown in 1937. The
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Unformatted text preview: association made it easier for Chinese to get work by teaching them English as well as labor history and singing classes and taught its members of current events in China and its war against Japan. It is not surprising that the Chinese would have to band together to form there own labor union. Even though all of the working class depending on there race were facing discrimination they were unable to unite on a common front to combat their oppressors. Asians due to their physical appearance they had to face racism different from the others. Since they had to deal with such obstacles, they had to ban together on their own. Unfortunately, this is still prevalent today since people’s ideology is similar....
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This note was uploaded on 09/25/2011 for the course ETHS 100 taught by Professor Shenoda during the Spring '06 term at S.F. State.

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