Identify one racial group from the list below: •African American •Asian American •Middle Eastern American •Hispanic American/Latino •Native American Write a 750- to 1,050-word paper from one of the perspectives below: •A historian writing about the racial group in a book chapter •A news reporter writing a newspaper article or blog entry about the racial group •An individual member of the racial group, writing a personal letter to a friend who is not a member of that racial group Answer the following questions: What have been the experiences of this racial group throughout U.
S. history? While we were serving together you always said we were Americans. The military was a place to unite the races and bring us together as one. It was always easier for you to think that way because of the color of your skin. I myself have always found it to be more challenging and harder to be accepted. Being Asian is not as easy as you think, we have endured many struggles and hardships throughout our history here in America. As a culture, we came to this country eager to work and start a new life and have been faced with many challenges.
We struggle to adapt to the culture of America. We find the need to identify with our roots in Asian religion, thought and practices. Sometimes we are looked at oddly due to our customs or our beliefs; we truly wish to take care our own. We will always lend a hand, but that same hand has also been bitten by those we’ve helped. It is our cultural way to be quiet and reserved, keep our business private and not share our problems. Our way of life is unique to the American culture, much of it remains a mystery but with time we’ve shed much light into our own culture and traditions.
What have been the political, social, and cultural issues and concerns throughout American history? We have endure many issues related to our presence here in America. Much of what we suffered in our early days here was unjust and downright hateful. The first waves of Asian immigrants came in the form of the Chinese during the California gold rush. We were welcomed to provide low-cost labor and in plentiful amounts. Being of good age, health and mostly men; we weren’t regarded with much concern. We were in essence a low cost labor force.
In addition to mining for gold, larger projects such as the First Transcontinental Railroad also provide much work for the immigrants entering the United States. After the gold rush started to slow down and competition began to rise, suddenly we were viewed more so as outsides as opposed to workers. Outsiders who were stealing “American” jobs. Thus began a period of prejudice and discrimination toward the thousands of workers who had entered this country to work and start a new life. We were subsequently forced from the mines and our laborer jobs and imposed to work low paying jobs and leave the cities.
In the midst of the economy declining subsequent to the end of the Civil War, Americans needed a scapegoat to point the finger at for their financial despair. As a result, they blamed the Chinese. What legislation meant to constrain race within prejudicial boundaries was enacted? How did the various groups you researched fight this legislation? Shortly after the supposed hysteria our race caused in the job market, a legislation was evoked in response. In 1882, President Chester A. Arthur signed into federal law the Chinese Exclusion Act.
This law imposed a ban on Chinese immigration into the United States for a period of 10 years. The act basically froze the Chinese in place; Chinese were highly restricted in where they could go and if they could come back. Many amendments and other acts such as the Scott Act and Geary Act also furthered the exclusions and time frames. At this point Chinese were not allowed to reenter the country if they left and those who stayed behind were beaten or killed. We were forced to live apart from the rest of the United States, other races thrived and immigration was not of concern.
Later the Japanese took our role in the labor market. Ultimately leading to the Immigration Act of 1924, which banned immigration from East Asia entirely. We built a society of our own, what is known today as Chinatown. All we could do was wait and hope change would come. The change came in the form of new legislation with a new world war on the horizon. What legislation meant to alleviate prejudicial boundaries has been enacted? How did the various groups you researched promote this legislation? After many years of oppression a new dawn was approaching.
In 1943, the Magnuson Act was created to repeal the Chinese Exclusion Act. Finally we were able to become citizens and no longer hide in fear, the fear of deportation or bodily harm. Although at first the Chinese were limited in the number who could immigrate, but it was a start. After World War II broke out, it was apparent we needed to pick a side, reluctantly we choose the side of the country that had been mistreating us for so long. The United States saw this developing bond and new allies were formed with the Chinese.
Although the repeal of the Chinese Exclusion Act may not have been motivated solely out human rights reasons, it was a new beginning. Politics will always motivate the masses and we can only accept it for what its worth. We worked with our new allies and worked together to build a strong unbreakable bond. It wasn’t until 1965 that immigration across the entire county was most justifiably set with the creation of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Finally we can start to rebuild what was lost so many years ago.