On the 8th of May, 1882 the Chinese Exclusion Act became law. Chinese immigration to the United States was suspended for ten years, following anti-Chinese feeling in areas such as California, where gold was becoming scarcer, and the settlers sought to blame Chinese workers for low wage levels and economic decline.
Editors. "Chinese banned from emigrating to the USA". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 December 2011
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