HISTORICAL PHOTO TOUR:
THE CHINESE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE





Pearl River delta, Taishan county
Ancestral homeland of majority of overseas Chinese


Guangdong (Kwangtung) province in southern China



The first Chinese immigrants came to America during the 1849 Gold Rush
 


Chinese immigrants made up most of the Central Pacific Railroad's work force, along with
the Union Pacific Railroad, completed the Trans-Continental Railroad in 1869.  Visit the
Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum web site for more photos of the
Chinese railroad workers, and the Golden Spike Ceremony held in Promontory Point, Utah, 1869
 


Anti-Chinese cartoons such as these typified the American political climate which scapegoated
Chinese immigrants and led to the federal Chinese Exclusion Acts of 1882 and 1924.




Immigration certificate (late 19th century)


Angel Island (1910-1940) interrogration of immigrants from China


Angel Island: Chinese poetry reflecting the despair of many Chinese immigrants detained there


Chinese merchant family (late 1800's)




Dr. Sun Yat-sen, founder of the Chinese Republic that overthrew the Manchus in 1911


Chinese Americans celebrate founding of the Chinese Republic in 1911



Traveling Chinese opera troupe in America
 


Racist music, early 20th century




Fu Manchu the villain


House boy (1920's silent film era)


Chinese American film icon, Bruce Lee



Chinese graduate students (circa 1930s)


Chinese American baseball team (circa 1930's)


Chinese Americans in Chicago protest Japanese aggression in China (1931)


Hazel Toy inducted into U.S. Army (1943)
 

Chinese students at Massachusetts Institute of Tcchnology (1944)


Chinese Americans march in support of America's World War II effort




Contemporary Chinese restaurant kitchen in America



Chinese hand laundry (nearly extinct?)


Contemporary Chinese American grocery store


Contemporary Chinese American garment workers