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Lecture 2

AAS 201 Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: Honshu, Immigration Act Of 1924, Meiji Restoration

Asian American Studies
Course Code
AAS 201
Kelly Fong

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Asian American Immigration
- Sucheng Chan
o Asian immigration linked to broader colonial, imperial, and capitalist expression
Chinese immigration (1849-1882)
Mostly from Southern China, Guandong Province
Social and Economic unrest
o Opium War (1839-1842) and Treaty of Nanking
o Taiping Rebellion (1850-1864)
Labor recruiters, kidnapping, voluntary migration
1882 Chinese Exclusion Law
o Banned Chinese laborers from entering the US
o Exceptions students, merchants, diplomats, and tourists
o Circumvented the law came as merchants, paper sons and
daughters (claim that they had children that were US citizens)
mostly a male population, single and married; transnational families
mostly settled on the West Coast
model for how US viewed and treated other Asian immigrants
Japaese Iigratio (88’s-1924)
Mostly form Honshu and Kyushu Islands
Opening of Japan from seclusion in 1853
Meiji Restoration
o Economic impact, national conscription law (meaning, everyone
between a certain decided age window must serve an amount of
time in the military, mandatory; even in peace time)
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