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The latter half of the nineteenth century was an important period in Chinese American history The story of their migration from their homeland to America to seek riches with their combined strength knowledge and skills changed the face of Hawaii and the American West Unfortunately this dynamic period also saw the rise of racism and paranoia over Chinese competition for jobs Chinese immigration to the United States in the mid-nineteenth century was only a part of a greater exodus from Southeastern China By this period in China the Manchu dynasty was on the decline Corruption and oppression were on the rise The taxes of land rights increased causing grief and discontent among the population While internally the lands of the eastern dragons were faced with problems external forces also provided the same level of disturbance to the stability of this falling power The first and second Opium war broke out which was caused by the reluctance to support opium trade by Chinese officials and the foreign powers desired to control trade ports in Guangzhou At this time western European countries entered the industrial age and cheap labor was needed to develop their colonies as sources of raw materials Thus with economic problems in China and a great need for labor abroad about two and a half million Chinese emigrated overseas There are five major factors that contributed to a prosperous Chinese American society in comparison to the early Chinese immigrantsThe first major factor that brings about the eventual prosperous Chinese American society is the beginning of the anti-Chinese movement during the 1850s Chinese labor was most prevalent in work requiring physical labor and skills so the work could be completed in a short time These were generally menial and unpleasant occupations such as gold miners quicksilver miners railroad workers farmers fishermen and factory workers However the first racial discrimination against the Chinese occurred during the Gold Rush era in California and California Governor Bigler advised
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