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Japanese Americans The Japanese Americans have maintained loyalty to the United States throughout the history of there immigration beginning in 1843 Leathers 6 Over the years they have persevered through the trials and tribulations of discrimination and prejudice The white community often discriminated them because of the misunderstanding of their language and culture They overcame this obstacle and became productive citizens of the United States of America The immigration of the Japanese into the United States was first recorded in 1843 Because of the strong currents and winds sea traders and fishing fleets from many nations learned to exploit these winds and currents to travel from East Asia toward North America Japanese seafarers were among this group The first Japanese to come to the United States were accidental visitors- shipwreck survivors who were rescued by US vessels Over the next few decades several such incidents occurred but these incidents only involved a few sailors Only a few remained to live in the United States permanently By 1880 fewer than 150 Japanese lived in the US Leathers 6-7 This number stayed so low because it was illegal for most Japanese to emigrate from their home country However in 1885 the Japanese government eased its restrictions on emigration Leathers 7 Through this action the number of Japanese in the United States and Hawaii increased rapidly At this time Hawaii was not yet part of the United States During the 1890s the average number of Japanese entering the United States increased by about 1000 In 1900 more than 12000 Japanese entered the US Leathers 7-8 In 1924 immigration of Japanese was virtually halted when a new immigration law was passed by the US Congress to prohibit the entry of Asians Significant immigration of Japanese to American did not resume until the late 1940s Leathers 8 According to the US Immigration and Naturalization Service only 450359 Japanese immigrated to the United States between 1820 and 1988 Japanese
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