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Almost every immigration group to the United States has at some time experienced dis-crimination on a large scale Asian immigration as well has been the subject of discrimination within American society most notably the Chinese and the Japanese diasporas For a long time both of these groups have been the undesirables of American society Only with time did these two groups come to fully be accepted as Americans Works of literature particularly those of historical significance are good indicators of American societys disdain for Asians the Chinese in particular In Maxine Hong Kingstons The Chinamen the authors grandfather is described as being typical of the Chinese immigrant workers who came to the United States to work on the railroad They are underpaid and are disliked by their superiors The Chinese face danger every second of every day are not American citizens and are viewed as people who can labor in almost an inhuman way The Chinese are pitted against other immigrant groups also working on the railroad to see who is fastest and upon winning the Chinese workers earn themselves reputation that is viewed with envy and hatred by non-Chinese workers In Jade Snow Wongs The Fifth Chinese Daughter a true story about a Chinese girl named Jade Snow growing up in San Franciscos Chinatown in the 1930s and 40s we are given a glimpse of what racism feels like to a young child Jades first encounter with racial discrimination comes while in public school when another classmate decides to tease her Ive been waiting for a chance like this Richard said excitedly to Jade Snow With malicious intent in his eyes he burst forth Chinky Chinky Chinaman Throwing an eraser at Jade Richard continued Look at the eraser mark on the Chinaman Chinky Chinky no tickee no washee no shirtee For Jade Snow the encounter is not at all new Remembering the earlier incident of the neighborhood boy who spit on her and
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