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Capitalists Exploitation of Immigrants The two societies can be rather simply characterized on the American side as one that stresses individual enterprise which is expansive and on the Chinese side as a society that stresses the collective social order which is resistant1 America is said to have been founded by the white settlers and capitalists In truth these presumed pioneers used immigrants to fulfill their needs and desires Capitalists and businesses created deceptive propaganda in order to exploit the Asian and European immigrants to the American Dream The American Dream portrayed the Constitutions promise of equal opportunity to all immigrants To the Chinese America and most notably California was known as the Mountain of Gold or Gold Mountain Gold Mountain was more of a myth than a fact the American advertisements proclaimed it to be Advertisements spoke in propaganda of untold riches and stories great pay good food large houses and most of all that the Chinamen were welcome Unfortunately the Chinese immigrants dream was shattered when he went searched for Gold Mountain but found himself washing someone elses dirty clothes The initial Chinese to arrive on US soil were treated favorably the American government and were welcomed in California The Chinese conception then was to immigrate temporarily and return home after reaping the rewards of the American Dream Most Chinese came from the province called Kwangtung and possessed similar interests and ideas Immigrants originally traveled to Hong Kong and then to America by way of a ticket-credit system This was the only way families could afford the expensive journey and essentially the Chinese were becoming indentured servants to buy their passage A trip to America could cost fifty dollars but at the pinnacle of the Gold Rush frenzy captains and agents would price the trip at two-hundred dollars or more There were less than a hundred people from China by 1853 however the large influxes began in 1854 where thirteen-thousand immigrants traveled by ship
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