The Lost Ones – Young Chinese Americans
Due to harsh immigration laws, in American history, Chinese have often relied on illegal means of entering the United States.For example, in 1882, the Chinese Exclusion Act (Chinese Exclusion Act, Documents on Anti-Chinese Immigration Policy.) was passed, thefirst and only act that restricted immigration from one particular ethnicity.This act restricted immigration of Chinese labourers.In 1888, this act was extended to all Chinese immigrants except for officials, teachers, students, tourists, and merchants. However, not all-prospective immigrants made it to the shores of America safely.The United States is well aware of illegal immigration and rings operating these smuggling operations. Therefore increased vigilance at America’s doors has led to the capture of many Chinese illegal immigrants.The result of above brief history of Chinese history in America is that these new comers at the time period of illegal entering of America would eventually result the wave of 3rd generation Chinese population along with Baby Boomers after World War II.The new generation was in the era of Civil Rights movement in the 1950~1970’s.The talented, new 3rd generation possessed not only the despair of having an identity, but also faced the pressure from the elder generation of their origin cultures.It is true and inappropriate that the newer the generation, the more they refuse their own cultures.However, from what it took the elder generations of Chinese/Asian Americans for the younger generation to be able to live under the aegis of liberty, freedom, stable society, and satiating living; I think that the younger generations should be proud of, and respect the elder generation and who they really are.
Chinese who still tried to enter the United States needed to pretend that they were merchants.Others pretended to be relatives of people living in the United States.Chinese Ame…