Chinese passenger in order to account for the expenses incurred by sick immigrants. There was also the “police tax” of $2.50 per month on adult Chinese who did not produce rice, sugar, tea of coffee (none of which were grown in CA at the time). The most important act however was the Foreign Miners Tax, created in 1850 to force any immigrant miner to pay between three and six dollars per month just to mine, which added up to between 25 and 50 percent of California’s total revenue. 4)Identify and describe the role the Chinese Six Companies played in Chinese prostitution. How did Chinese women become sex workers? What were their working conditions like? How did Chinese sex workers challenge their role and secondary status? In 1855, the Chinese 6 Companies (large “clans” of Chinese elites) controlled tens of thousands of Chinese who were indentured to them for finding them passage and jobs to and in America. They were brutal organizations who would harshly punish and torture those who did not abide by their rules.
5) What cultural differences did white Americans observe between themselves and Chinese immigrants? How did white Americans use their differences as justifications for violence towards Chinese immigrants?
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- Interest, Slavery in the United States, chinese women, Chinese Six Companies