Chinese Immigration Dbq

753 Words 4 Pages
Yeon Soo Rachel Kim
Edmundo R. Ortiz
5PM - 5:50PM Section

Doc Writing Assignment 2

In 1849, Chinese immigrants started arriving in America for sanctuary from the war, higher salaries, and other personal reasons. From the very first glance of the Chinese, the whites developed hegemonic ideas of who the Chinese people were. From this, a racial formation of the Chinese was born. Ronald Takaki analyzes and explains to the readers how racial formation affected the Chinese and how intersectionality can be used to connect gender, race, and class with social and economic problems. Most of the time, the racial formations put upon certain races are proven to be wrong. The classifications given to the Chinese were how they were lesser
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Due to this, “men of other nationalities who are jealous of the Chinese have raised such a great outcry about Chinese cheap labor that they have shut him out of working on farms or in factories or building railroads or making streets or digging sewers” (185). The Chinese were driven out of every job they could possibility get, therefore, they ended up opening up laundry shops. Men who opened laundry shops were considered feminine because only women did laundry in China and in America. Although the Chinese men did not want to have such a feminine career “laundry work was a ‘woman’s occupation,’ and men did not ‘step into it for fear of losing their social standing’” (185), they were pushed into it, thus acquiring a feminine-like …show more content…
Intersectionality, an interaction between gender, class, and race, exists for the Chinese during the 1850’s. Chinese women have been considered “twice a minority” (Takaki 191) because out of “11,794 Chinese in California, only seven were women” (191). Not only were they so few women in the population, but also they were not considered upper class because of their race. Women in general were considered a minority, no matter the race they were. However, due to the Chinese women’s races, they unfortunately became twice a minority. The women also became prostitutes and most of the time unknowingly and unwillingly. Most women would come over to America and “often [were] forcibly transported to America as prostitutes…[and] compelled to sign contracts to pay for the cost of transportation and become sexual indentured servants” (193). In the census, Chinese women “listed their occupations as ‘prostitute’” (194). The prohibition of their entry and their only method of entrance being prostitution associates with their gender and race, which is how intersectionality affected their

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