Chinese Migration in the
18th Century
by CT
Causes of Migration
Immigrants are often discriminated against when they move to new societies and countries.
• Good climate for planting oats
•Fled the great potato famine
•Cheap land
•Social Reasons
•Economical Reasons:
- search of gold in California
- railroad contributions
This cartoon shows a little boy (Australia) and how
- job openings
they are afraid of the Chinese immigrants “flooding”
their land
Jobs the Chinese took
• The Chinese mainly came in search of
• They sometimes used fake certificates to
sneak into the US.
• They had various types of jobs:
- miners
- laborers
- cooks
- writers
- artists
- etc.
•The increase in foreign immigration went
up so fast, that "by the end of 1851, one
of every ten immigrants was Chinese."
(Littell 398-411)
This picture shows Irish and Chinese workers on a
railroad construction site.
Railroad Contribution
• Gold was not the only big
opportunity for the Chinese.
• Helped build the California
Central Railroad.
• The Chinese were thought to
be too small and fragile to
finish the job, but they
managed to finish.
• They started off really slow,
but managed to quicken the
• Their starting pay was low.
(about $28/ month)
A group of Chinese workers working on
the railroads.
Mark Twain’s words
"They are a harmless race when white men either let them alone or treat them
no worse than dogs; in fact they are almost entirely harmless anyhow, for they
seldom think of resenting the vilest insults or the cruelest injuries. They are quiet,
peaceable, tractable, free from drunkenness, and they are as industrious as the day
is long." (Twain)
He tells about the way the Chinese act. They are very different from white folk,
because they are not lazy but rather humble and peaceful when they do their work.
However, people still call these immigrants lowly life humans and dogs.
"A disorderly Chinaman is rare, and a lazy one does not exist. So long as a
Chinaman has strength to use his hands he needs no support from anybody; white
men often complain of want of work, but a Chinaman offers no such complaint; he
always manages to find something to do." (Twain)
This section goes into more detail about the Chinese. He says that there are no
such things as a lazy Chinaman and disorderly ones are rare. A Chinese man could
work for an outrageous amount of time and still not complain.
Economic Downfall
• The gold Rush ended in the 1900’s, but more immigrants kept on coming in.
• This angered the Americans.
• In order to restrain the Chinese immigration number to exceed, Congress
passed the Chinese Exclusion Act.
"SEC. 12. That no Chinese person shall be permitted to enter the United States
by land without producing to the proper officer of customs the certificate in this
act required of Chinese persons seeking to land from a vessel. And any Chinese
person found unlawfully within the United States shall be caused to be removed
therefrom to the country from whence he came, by direction of the United
States, after being brought before some justice, judge, or commissioner of a
court of the United States and found to be one not lawfully entitled to be or
remain in the United States." (Congress)
It says that no Chinese man can enter into the US unless they have the proper
papers to do so. If they are found unlawful, they shall be removed immediately
and returned back to where they were originally from. If after trial, they are still
claimed unlawful, they will never be able to set foot on US land ever again.
•Immigrants are often discriminated against when they move
to new societies and countries.
•Americans were racist against the Chinese and did not allow
more immigrants to migrate into America by using the
Chinese Exclusion Act of 1923.
•The Chinese were often persecuted in the 19th century,
because Americans were afraid of immigrants overpowering
their culture and their ways.
•There are still immigrants being persecuted.
Primary Sources:
"Forty-Seventh Congress. Session I. 1882." Chinese Exclusion Act, 1882. Web. 1 Mar 2010.
"The History of Chinese Immigration." The Brown Quarterly. 28 may 2000. California Department of Parks and
Recreation Office of Historic Preservation, Web. 1 Mar 2010. <>.
Twain, Mark. "Library of Congress." Mark Twain's Observation About Chinese Immigrants in California. Web. 8
Mar 2010.
Secondary Sources:
"Anti-Chinese Movement and." The Bancroft Library. The Regents of the University of California, 31/1/2005. Web.
9 Apr 2010. <>.
DOOLITTLE, HON. JOHN T. . "Chinese American Contribution to Transcontinental Railroad." Central Pacific
Railroad Photographic History Museum . CPRR, 2010. Web. 31 Mar 2010.
Littell, McDougal. Creating America. Evanston, Illinois, Boston, Dallas: McDougal Littell, 398-411. Print.
"The Journey to America." Immigration. ThinkQuest, n.d. Web. 31 Mar 2010.
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Chinese Migration in the 18th Century