Chinese American Transnationalism: The Flow of People, Resources, and Ideas between China and America during the Exclusion Era

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PREFACE

1. Sucheng Chan, ed., Entry Denied: Exclusion and the Chinese Community in America, 1882–1943 (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1991).

2. K. Scott Wong and Sucheng Chan, eds., Claiming America: Constructing Chinese American Identities During the Exclusion Era(Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1998).

3. Erika Lee, At America's Gates: Chinese Immigration During the Exclusion Era, 1882–1943 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003).

4. Madeline Y. Hsu, Dreaming of Gold, Dreaming of Home: Transnationalism and Migration(Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 2000).

5. Haiming Liu, The Transnational History of a Chinese Family: Immigrant Letters, Family Business, and Reverse Migration (New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 2005).

6. Yong Chen, Chinese San Francisco, 1850–1943: A Trans-Pacific Community(Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 2000).

7. Shehong Chen, Being Chinese, Becoming Chinese American (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2002).

8. Xiao-huang Yin, Chinese American Literature Since the 1850s (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2000).


CHAPTER ONE

1. “Petition of the Chinese Six Companies to Prince Tsai Tao on His Visit to the United States,” printed in Chung Sai Yat Po, May 2, 1910, translated by the U.S. Bureau of Immigration. File 52961/24-B, Subject Correspondence, Records of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, RG 85, National Archives, Washington, D.C. (hereafter cited as INS Subject Correspondence, National Archives). On the Chinese Six Companies, see Shih-shan Henry Tsai, The Chinese Experience in America (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1986), 46–47.

2. The 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act barred all Chinese laborers from entering the country for ten years and prohibited Chinese immigrants from becoming naturalized citizens. It expressly allowed only a few specific classes of Chinese— merchants, teachers, students, diplomats, and travelers—to continue to immigrate to the United States. Act of May 6, 1882, 22 Stat. 58.

3. Pre–exclusion era statistics are from Judy Yung, Unbound Feet: A Social History of Chinese Women in San Francisco (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1995), 22. Because the government did not record Chinese

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