Q for A - The American Response to Chinese Immigration, 1870s to the Early 1900s

Q for A - The American Response to Chinese Immigration, 1870s to the Early 1900s

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1. What do the documents reveal about the economic activities of the Chinese immigrants? The Chinese were seen as cheap labors in all sources. The source from the American Federation of Labor actually reveal a little more in that they basically engage in all manufacturing industries and are very skilled. Also, it does make a point that they do not become consumers as they send their earnings back to their native lands. 2. Among Americans, who stood to gain from the availability of Chinese immigrants and who stood to lose? According to the testimonies, the employers were the one who stood to gain and the white labors stood to lose. 3. For the opponents of Chinese immigration, what qualities of the Chinese made them so threatening to the fabric of American society? One particular quality that threatened the fabric of American society was the inability of the Chinese to assimilate according to the last document. There were also others such as evil, greed, dishonesty as depicted in the last cartoon. 4.
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