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Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Posted May 4, 2016 at 2:00 pm

by Madeline McWilliams

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

By: Madeline McWilliams

History, Immigration and Background

In 1763, the first Asians to settle in the United States were Chinese and Filipino. In 1840, increasing numbers of Chinese workers immigrated to the western U.S; as well as Japanese and Koreans, in Hawaii. They were not granted citizenship, even if their children were born in the United States. This exclusion caused them to form their own communities where they can be self-sufficient.

Chinese people migrated to California during the Gold Rush and some were hired by the Central Pacific Railroad. Twelve thousand (12,000) Chinese railroad workers were hired to perform the dangerous jobs which other men refused to

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