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

The murder of Vincent Chin brought Asian Americans together in protest
The murder of Vincent Chin brought Asian Americans together in protest
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Jerry Yang came to America from Taiwan.  Later he founded Yahoo!, one of the most successful Internet companies in the country.

Jerry Yang came to America from Taiwan. Later he founded Yahoo!, one of the most successful Internet companies in the country. Photo Credit: AP/Wide World Photos

Video: Challenges and Success Today -
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1965

A new immigration act effectively removes racial bias from America's immigration laws.
Video: Immigration Reform Act - 56k | 220k
Video: The Civil Rights Era - 56k | 220k
Eyewitness: Dr. David Ho Arrives in America

1970

Chinese American population of the U.S. is 237,292 out of 179,323,175
Eyewitness: Helen Zia - Hot Dogs and Apple Pie

1976

American physicist Samuel Ting wins the Nobel Prize in Physics
Eyewitness: Samuel C.C. Ting - Studying in America

1982

Vincent Chin, a Chinese American, is killed by two white Americans. Chin's killers are sentenced only to probation and a find of $3,000 plus court fees.
Video: The Vincent Chin Verdict - 56k | 220k

1982

Maya Lin's design selected for the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial.
Eyewitness: Maya Lin - Bicultural Influences

1987

TIME Magazine publishes a cover article entitled "The New Whiz Kids". Many Chinese Americans express a concern about a "model minority" stereotype.
Eyewitness: Helen Zia - Addressing the Stereotype

1990

Chinese American population of the U.S. is 1,645,472 out of 248,709,873.
Eyewitness: Gish Jen - Becoming American

1996

Dr. David Ho is named TIME Magazine's Man of the Year for his research into HIV/Aids.

1997

The Democratic Party finds itself embroiled in a fundraising scandal. Fundraiser John Huang is singled out for condemnation and suspicion, raising concerns that age-old prejudices against Chinese Americans are being revived.

1999

Dr. Wen Ho Lee, a Taiwan-born U.S. citizen working as a physicist in the weapons section of the Los Alamos Nuclear Laboratories, is arrested on charges of spying for China. He spends 278 days in solitary confinement before being released with an apology from a US District Judge.

2000

Chinese American population of the U.S. is 2,879,636 out of 281,421,904.
Eyewitness: Maya Lin - Bicultural Influences

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