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A Bill Moyers Special - Becoming American: The Chinese Experience

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The Chinese Experience } Timeline

1800-1850
1851-1900
1901-1950
1951-2000

Immigration service officers interrogate an arrival from China at San Francisco's Angel Island Immigration Station
Immigration service officers interrogate an arrival from China at San Francisco's Angel Island Immigration Station. Photo Credit: U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

1906

Earthquake destroys all records in San Francisco, including immigration records.
Video: Paper Sons - 56k | 220k

1910

Chinese American population in U.S. is 94,414 out of a total population of 92.2 million. Angel Island Immigration Station opens to process potential Asian immigrants.

1930

Chinese American population in U.S. is 102,159 out of a total population of 123.2 million.
Eyewitness: Tommy Wong - Employment Discrimination

1932

Anna May Wong, at the height of her career, stars with Marlene Dietrich in Shanghai Express.

1941

The United States declares war after the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor. China is now an ally of the United States.
Eyewitness: Tommy Wong - World War II Brings Change

1943

Congress repeals all Chinese exclusion laws, grants Chinese the right to become naturalized citizens, and allows 105 Chinese to immigrate to the US each year.
Video: A Kind of Declaration of Independence - 56k | 220k

1945

World War II ends with atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan.

1950

Chinese American population in U.S. is 150,005 out of 151,325,798.
Eyewitness: Charlie Chin - Bachelor Society Begins to Die Out

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