Asian Americans and Congress: A Documentary History


With California's passage of the Save Our State Initiative in 1994, fear of aliens has once again appeared in U.S. legislative history. Since 1790, congressional legislation on federal immigration and naturalization policy has been harsh on Asian immigrants, although less so since 1965. This documentary history covers all major immigration laws passed by Congress since 1790. The volume opens with an overview of the basis on which Congress has restricted Asian immigration. It then includes discussions of particular immigration legislation, showing the significance to Asian Americans and the documents themselves.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Thomas E. Stuen
  • Hyung-Chan Kim
  • John Hayakawa Torok
  • Hudson N. Janisch
  • Arthur W. Helweg
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 1996


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