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Chinese immigration in many aspects the motivations for the Chinese to come to the United States are similar to those of most immigrants Some came to The Gold Mountain and others came to the United State to seek better economic opportunities Because of the many disasters such as droughts poverty famine and flood the Chinese were compelled to leave a contract laborers or refugeesAs the Chinese seized the opportunities to seek their fortunes they faced many racial discriminations and repressive legislations They were targeted as unwelcome competition to the struggling economy in America Reacting to the Americas fear of yellow peril more than thirty anti- American legislations were enacted Due to the Chinese Exclusion Act of May 6th 1882 many Chinese often relied on illegal means such as illegal smuggling and operation rings to enter the United States For example after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake the immigration records and vital statistic at City Hall were destroyed Many Chinese were able to claim citizenship They sent for their children and families in China Thus began the influx of paper sons and paper daughters which young Chinese men and women many in their teens paid smugglers thousands of dollars to enter the country with fraudulent papers Also Chinese men and women sold themselves as indentures slave to farmers and businessmen and brothels They had to work for years to pat for their passages to America Some died from hardships Lastly Chinese went to Mexico They paid smugglers to lead them the way to the United States My Great-Grandpa Ma paid one hundred pieces of gold to enter the United States from Mexico during 1905 He told my Grandpa Ma that he slept in the harsh hot desert Great Grandpa Ma came to America but he could not endure the discrimination He saw looting and burning of many
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