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ASIAN AM 160 Lecture 10: Asian American History Lecture 10
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Asian American Studies
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ASIAN AM 160
Professor
Cheng Cindy

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Towards Asian Exclusion  Alien Land Law 1913 o Declared unlawful ownership of “real property” by “aliens ineligible for citizenship” o 1920, aliens ineligible for citizenship not allowed to lease or acquire land through native-born minors o 1923, aliens ineligible for citizenship cannot “acquire, possess, enjoy, use, cultivate, occupy, and transfer real property” o Will be ruled unconstitutional Era of Exclusion U.S. During Turn of 20 Century  Growth of Nativism o Differentiating real citizens from other people  Growth of Eugenics o Only wanted perfect race coming into U.S. o Breeding most desirable race and humans  Use of immigration laws to determine social desirability of race and nationality Immigration Act of 1917  Barred criminals, feeble minded, alcoholics, beggars, persons mentally and physically defective, polygamists  Barred anarchists o Discrimination based on political beliefs  First federal law for immigration  Created Literacy Tests o Targeted Jews from Germany and Catholics from Ireland  Created Asiatic Barred Zone or Asia Pacific Triangle o Growth of Asian Exclusion o Middle East was included o Formation of term “Asian American” o Nobody was accepted from these areas Immigration Act of 1921  First numerical restrictions of Europeans  Used 1910 census, established 3% quotas o Reduced immigration from Southern and Eastern Europe o Southeaster European countries  45% of quotas
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