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1 Asian Immigration to America
Aidan Kaplan, Tariq Almani, Destaing Ogu, Claire Greensmith

2 Asian Immigrants in the U.S.
- From Asia and the western Pacific area - Philippines, China, Japan, India, Vietnam - Different nationalities, languages, religions, socioeconomic levels

3 Asian Immigrants in the U.S.
- Less segregated than African Americans and Hispanics - Discrimination still present

4 Filipinos: First Wave -There have been four waves of Filipino immigration to the United States. -The first wave began around 1763 and ended in 1898. -At this time, the Philippines were a part of New Spain. -“Manilamen” working on Spanish galleons migrated via the ships. -Many ended up in Louisiana, where they pioneered methods of drying shrimp.

5 Filipinos: Second Wave
-The second wave was from -1898: Spanish-American war begins. -Philippines declare independence from Spain on June 12, 1898. -Spain loses the war, cedes the Philippines for $20 million. Filipinos become U.S. nationals. - The U.S. refuses to acknowledge Philippine sovereignty, leading to the Philippine-American war ( ).

6 Filipinos: Second Wave (cont.)
-The United States win the war, launch “Pensionado” program in 1903. -Most students earn degrees in government and administration, returning to the Philippines with U.S. skills/culture.

7 Filipinos: Second Wave (cont.)
-Most Filipino immigrants at this time were unskilled laborers. -Hawaii and California: destinations for the overwhelming majority. -H.S.P.A. recruits from Philippine cities. -Filipinos eventually become largest ethnic group in the plantations.

8 Filipinos: Transitional Period
-From 1935 to 1946, Filipinos faced a period of transition. -1934: Tydings-McDuffie Act -1935: Filipino Repatriation Act

9 Filipinos: Third Wave -Third wave was from 1945-1965.
-After WW2, citizenship is granted to Filipino veterans and their dependents. -Philippine independence reached on July 4th, 1946. -Filipinos were now aliens, and their quota was reduced to 100 immigrants per year. -Filipinos in the Navy could still attain citizenship through years of service.

10 Filipinos: Fourth Wave
-The fourth wave began in 1965 and continues today. -The Immigration and Nationality Act of reformed the “intolerable” status quo. -Filipinos who came after the law was passed were part of a new wave. -“Relative selective” and “occupational” migration. -1970: 343,000 -1990: 1.4 million

11 Filipinos: Political Community
-Despite their history in the United States, Filipinos do not have much political visibility. -Only two members of Congress are of Filipino descent; neither are Senators. -Less than one percent of Filipino nonprofits are advocacy groups.

12 Chinese Immigration

13 First wave of immigration: Mid-19th Century
Chinese Immigration First wave of immigration: Mid-19th Century Chinese men immigrated for labor in western U.S.

14 Chinese Immigration First Chinese immigrants were labor workers:
Transcontinental Railroad Gold Rush Agriculture Military Fisheries

15 Where did they go? Immigrated primarily to the West Coast: California
San Francisco Oregon The vast majority of the Chinese people worked in factories of production such as cigars, clothing etc.

16 California Gold Rush Began January 24, 1848:
James W. Marshall discovered a gold nugget in the American River while constructing a sawmill for John Sutter, a Sacramento agriculturalist. There were 25,000 Chinese working in California, most of them were miners. Chinese clustered themselves around the San Francisco region which soon became to be Chinatown. However, as time passed more conflicts occurred between the Americans and the Chinese The Naturalization Act in 1870 then came into action restricting emigration of the Chinese and prohibited them from being naturalized.

17 Chinese jobs in USA # Occupation Population % 1. Miners 17 069 36.9 2.
Laborers (not specified) 9 436 20.4 3. Domestic servants 5 420 11.7 4. Launderers 3 653 7.9 5. Agricultural laborers 1 766 3.8

18 More Immigration 2nd wave of immigration: (1949-1980’s)
The Magnuson Act, also known as the Chinese Exclusion Repeal Act of 1943. Allowed Chinese immigration for the first time since the Exclusion Chinese Act of 1882 Permitted Chinese nationals already residing in the country to become naturalized citizens

19 More Immigration 3rd Wave: (1980’s to Present)
Most immigrants coming from China were undocumented aliens seeking low-status manual jobs. Sought jobs in heavily urbanized cities such as New York, San Francisco, etc.

20 Chinese Population in America Today

21 JAPAN Immigration Act of 1965: Signed into law by Pres. Lyndon Johnson, it allowed more immigrants from third world countries to enter the U.S. The new immigrants were not admitted based on the countries of origins but rather based on their skills and professions. Allowed more Japanese immigration into the U.S.

22 Japanese Immigration Hawaiian Sugar Industry: (1880s)
Created a labor gap that saw many Japanese immigration into that region.

23 Japanese Immigration Japanese immigrants first came into the Pacific Northwest in the 1880’s. Railroads recruited first generation Japanese immigrants living in Hawaii. They helped construct the Oregon Shortline and other railroads in the Columbia River basin.

24 Japanese communities After generations of mostly manual labor they began establishing communities By 1910, the Valley’s Japanese population had grown to 468 This is picture was taken in 1914 in Emmett, Idaho of a family owned business by Max and Itano Hosado

25 Japanese Immigrants after WWI
Resentment for Japanese people in America: The National Origins Act practically excluding further Japanese immigration. Japanese business were forced to closed Second and third generation Japanese Americans were the majority of those who suffered

26 Japanese Immigrants after WWII
Following the onset of WWII and the attack on Pearl Harbor Japanese immigrants and third generation Japanese Americans were targeted. Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered the removal of 120,000 Japanese Americans from their homes in the west coast into inland concentration camps (Executive order 9066)

27 Japanese American revival
Japanese Americans worked hard to erase the resentments from public eye and also to remove state discriminatory legislations that were rampant at the time Most Japanese Americans felt the need to prove their “Americanness” so they joined the military and fought for the Allies

28 Japanese Americans and Jobs
Many children of the post 1965 Japanese immigrants have achieved remarkable educational and professional successes. As a result it has transformed the demographic, cultural, and economic characteristics of many urban areas like New york, Los Angeles, San Jose, etc. This has led to occasional tensions where older residents turn to accuse Asians of “taking-over” So attempts of attaining political power with the level of demographic emergence and economic success has been rather a slow process

29 Asian Indian Immigration
Immigration Reform Act of 1965 Amended quota and skill preferences Naturalization rights Fairly recent phenomenon Highly-educated, skilled professionals from urban middle class Motivated by professional, educational, financial and social opportunities.

30 Asian Indian Immigration
Immigrated to: New York California New Jersey Illinois Occupation: Technology information industry Education “Indians have the highest share of college-educated and the highest median household income ($88,000) among the largest Asian-American groups.” -- USA Today, 2012

31 Vietnamese Immigration
• Mass immigration following the end of the Vietnam War (1975) • Different ethnic groups seeking refuge –Vietnamese –Cambodians –Laotians –Lao Hmong


33 Vietnamese Immigration
Legislation: Indochina Migration and Refugee Assistance Act (1975) After fall of Saigon Indochinese Refugee Assistance Program Refugee Act of 1980 Raised immigrant limitation Immediate family members immigrate

34 Vietnamese Immigration
First Wave (1975): Highly-skilled, Educated Second Wave (1978- mid- 1980s) Lower socioeconomic status



37 Vietnamese Immigration
Poor urban neighborhoods Strong ethnic communities Some resentment of immigrants Vietnam War not popular American sympathy for refugees VOLAGs Voluntary Agencies aiming to assist and sponsor refugees coming to the United States

38 Vietnamese Populations in America
“Throughout much of the 1970s, much of the 1980s, and into the early 1990s, almost 75% of newly-arriving immigrants settled in just 6 states...about one-third settled in California alone.” - Urban Institute California Texas East Coast Northern U.S.


40 Vietnamese Immigrants: Occupations
Rudimentary education and skills meant niche jobs Small businesses Restaurants Nail Salons Commercial Fishing and Shrimping

41 Vietnamese Political Activity in America
Strongly opposed to Communism and sympathetic to Human Rights Membership greater with Republican Party “[The Vietnamese Americans] vote with gusto, are increasingly running for office and, in a county with a reputation for political conservatism, have been faithfully Republican.” - Los Angeles Times, 2008 Strong Ethnic Ties Community Centers

42 Asian Immigrants in America Today
Ethnically diverse “Asian Americans say the U.S. is preferable to their country of origin in such realms as providing economic opportunity, political and religious freedoms, and good conditions for raising children.” -- Pew Research, Social & Demographic Trends (April, 2013)

43 Asian Americans + Politics
More likely to support and activist gvmt. and less likely to identify as Republicans Prefer big government that provides more services. “Asian Americans are now the most urbanized U.S. population with about 95 percent living in urban rather than rural residences.” -- Population Reference Bureau, 2004

44 Asian-American Politics

45 Discussion Questions In what ways do Asian immigrants differ from other ethnic groups immigrating to America? How do you think that Asian immigrants’ motivations for coming to America have changed? Asians recently passed Hispanics as the largest group of new immigrants to the United States. Does this surprise you? Why or why not?

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