Interpreting the Past: Chinese Immigration and Legislation


One of the main jobs of historians is to interpret the past by reviewing primary documents, scholarly secondary sources, and then creating an analysis of this research. After reading your text and reviewing the assigned materials, submit an analysis of Chinese immigration and anti-Chinese legislation.

You might want to consider the following questions, but you are not limited to them: In what ways were Chinese immigrants different from other immigrant groups? What does the passage of local and federal laws tell us about the attitudes towards Chinese immigrants specifically? What is the significance of the United States vs Wong Kim Ark?

This assignment should be at least 300 words and contain your reactions or questions about some specific issue within the historical narrative which you find compelling. For full credit, your paper must not simply sum up the reading or repeat points made there. Rather, I’m looking for you to create your own interpretation, explain the emotional content of the piece, or discuss some original insight. Include citations as needed.