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.
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Editors. "Chinese banned from emigrating to the USA". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 December 2011
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=5275, accessed 21 February 2017.]