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By Erika Lee

With the chinese language Exclusion Act of 1882, chinese language workers turned the 1st staff in American background to be excluded from the U.S. at the foundation in their race and sophistication. This landmark legislations replaced the process U.S. immigration background, yet we all know little approximately its outcomes for the chinese language in the US or for the USA as a country of immigrants.

At America's Gates is the 1st ebook committed totally to either chinese language immigrants and the yankee immigration officers who sought to maintain them out. Erika Lee explores how chinese language exclusion legislation not just reworked chinese language American lives, immigration styles, identities, and households but in addition recast the us right into a ''gatekeeping nation.'' Immigrant id, border enforcement, surveillance, and deportation rules have been prolonged some distance past any controls that had existed within the usa ahead of.

Drawing on a wealthy trove of old sources--including lately published immigration files, oral histories, interviews, and letters--Lee brings alive the forgotten trips, secrets and techniques, hardships, and triumphs of chinese language immigrants. Her well timed ebook exposes the legacy of chinese language exclusion in present American immigration regulate and race family.

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The arguments and lessons of Chinese exclusion were resurrected over and over again during the nativist debates over the ‘‘new’’ immigrants from Asia, Mexico, and southern and eastern Europe, further refining and consolidating the racialization of these groups. David Roediger and James Barrett have suggested that African Americans provided the racial model for southern and eastern European immigrants. 35 In terms of immigration restriction, however, new immigrants were more closely racialized along the Chinese immigrant model, especially in the Pacific Coast states.

The exclusion of Chinese immigrants became a ‘‘natural’’ progression in the region’s history Chinese Exclusion and American Gatekeeping ::  of racial oppression and segregation, but because immigration was recognized as a federal, rather than state or regional, issue, westerners could not achieve their directives alone. S. 29 The threats, pleas, and cajoling worked. In , unrelenting lobbying resulted in a revision of the Burlingame Treaty that had protected Chinese immigration since .

It legalized the restriction, exclusion, and deportation of immigrants considered to be threats to the United States. It established Chinese immigrants—categorized by their  :: Closing the Gates race, class, and gender relations as the ultimate example of the dangerous, degraded alien—as the yardsticks by which to measure the desirability (and ‘‘whiteness’’) of other immigrant groups. S. passports, ‘‘green cards,’’ and illegal immigration and deportation policies. In the end, Chinese exclusion forever changed America’s relationship to immigration.

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